Twelve thousand teachers went on strike on Thursday leading to closure of all the Government and unaided schools in Kadapa district, on the 23rd day of the Samaikyandhra movement, which is gaining momentum day after day.
Mandal education officers, principals of junior colleges, headmasters and teachers of Government and private schools staged a massive rally from District Common Entrance Board hall on Kadapa Zilla Parishad premises to Kadapa Collectorate.
District-level women officials led a huge “Mahila Garjana” rally of hundreds of ICDS, DWCRA and anganwadi workers and girl students of junior and degree colleges, formed human chain at Seven Roads junction, paid tributes to Potti Sriramulu statue and protested at the Collectorate.
Executive Director of SC Corporation K. Pratibha Bharathi, ICDS Project Director P. Leelavathi, Special Collector P. Rohini, CEO of STEP T. Mamatha, District Panchayat Officer Apurupa Sundari, Kadapa Divisional Cooperative Officer K. Srilakshmi and Kadapa Divisional PRO K. Jayamma participated in the women's rally.
The women officials deplored the bifurcation move to benefit a few political leaders.
They feared that bifurcation of the State would stall development. Samaikyandhra JAC leaders Madasu Murali, Syamsundar Reddy and Venkateswara Reddy enforced Proddatur town bandh and all the shops and establishments, cinema theatres, petrol pumps and schools were closed. Protesters hanged the effigies of Union Ministers from the State – K. Chiranjeevi, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, D. Purandeswari, K. Suryaprakash Reddy, M. Pallam Raju, Kishore Chandra Dev, K. Krupa Rani and J.D. Seelam at Vempalle four-roads junction demanding that they tender resignation to the Union Cabinet.
A bullock cart rally was taken out in Rayachoti and electricity and revenue employees protested in Rajampet by placing flowers in their ears.
YSR Congress MLA A. Amarnath Reddy, Congress leader Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy and former Minister P. Brahmaiah participated in a rally by teachers and students in Rajampet. A teacher Prakash sported a black dress and blew the conch while another teacher M. Pullaiah displayed feats by weilding a stick.
The agitating protesters displayed portraits in which Union Ministers K. Chiranjeevi, K. Sambasiva Rao and Lagadapati Rajagopal were dressed as transgenders.