Samara Bheri held at Kovur
Teachers and students organised classes on the road in Nellore city here on Wednesday to register their protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The Congress cadres forced the closure of Central government offices.
The leaders of Samaikya Teachers’ JAC paid rich tributes to Sankaraiah Yadav, who sacrificed his life for the cause of a united State while taking part in a relay hunger strike camp recently. A human chain was formed at Gandhi Bomma Centre during the day. At the main centre in Kovur town near here, Samaikyandhra employees and students organised the ‘Samaikya Samara Bheri’ which drew a large crowd comprising people from all sections. Schoolchildren also took part in the protest programmes by presenting various cultural programmes.
Several students appeared in the roles of ‘Alluri Sitaramaraju’, ‘Swami Vivekananda’, ‘Bharata Mata’ and so on to effectively represent the wishes of the people of Seemandhra people in favour of a united State.
In Nellore city, four employees of the animal husbandry department voluntarily took up an indefinite hunger strike at the NGO Home here and their protest continued for the second day on Wednesday. These employees were identified as P. Venkataramanaiah, P. Srinivasulu, Vikram Sagar and Sk. Nawaz.
The APNGOs Nellore unit leaders said that in response to the call of their State level unit, their members would intensify the agitation and the Central government offices would be closed down on Thursday. Awareness programmes on the ill effects of statehood will be held in rural areas with sarpanches involved in all villages in the next 10 days.
The Congress cadres led by MLAs Anam Vivekananda Reddy and Mungamuru Sridhar Krishna Reddy held protest demonstrations at the postal department and BSNL offices here. The MLAs beat drums along with the students to express their strong protest against the division of the State.
Mr. Vivekananda Reddy asserted that the Union government seemed to have realised the difficulties and hurdles involved in any attempt to bifurcate the State and the separatists had also started expressing doubts over the formation of the new State.
The Samaikyandhra movement entered its 50th day in Anantapur district. The fifty days movement for Samaikyandhra, which started off with the Congress Working Committee’s resolution to divide the State, has been witness to violent struggles as well as peaceful protests.
The movement is apparently entering a decisive phase with striking employees on the verge of losing their second salary in as many months.