In response to the call given in Seemandhra, Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Samiti organised a road blockade on the National-Highway 44 here on Tuesday. Traffic was dislocated for more than four hours on the Hyderabad-Bangalore National Highway near Dinnedevarapadu.
The NGOs Association, Teachers Association, R and B Employees, Medical and Health employees and various other organisations conducted the protest. The protesters cooked food and organised community lunch. Some of the enthusiasts played cricket and shouted slogans.
The speakers made aggressive speeches criticising the Centre for dividing the State without the consent of two-thirds of the people. The Centre, which accorded priority to the agitation of Telangana, ignored the protests in the rest of Andhra Pradesh. They said all parties which supported division would pay a heavy price in future.
Meanwhile, the fast undertaken by S.V. Mohan Reddy in solidarity with Y.S. Vijayamma entered the second day. Rallies were organised in support of his protest. S.V. Subba Reddy, senior leader, called on his son and inquired about his health. Various groups protesting against bifurcation also took out rallies in the city and demonstrated at the Collectorate. The residents of Weaker Sections Colony and children of elementary school organised road blockade near AIR station. The protesters held up traffic and shouted slogans. Private Schools Association which has been in the forefront of the agitation has planned “lakshagala ghosha” (chorus of one lakh voices) at Raj Vihar Centre on August 22 as part of the protest. They invited various organisations to make the event a success.