Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association President P. Ashok Kumar on Sunday categorically stated that they would pull out all stops to make the proposed ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting scheduled to be held at the Lal Bahadur Stadium here on September 7, a success.
He told presspersons after releasing a poster for the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ rally that in a democracy, every individual had the right to protest and express his/her point of view, albeit in a peaceful manner, without obstructing the freedom of other people.
“That is the reason we planned the rally in the stadium. We are taking every precaution to see that the crowd that we expect is disciplined and organised,” he said.
Mr. Ashok said that they had invited Government employees, teachers, individuals, intellectuals and all those politicians who were in their personal capacity in favour of a unified State, to attend the meeting. “We have not made requests to political parties per se.
Our endeavour on that front was already successful to a certain degree when we went to New Delhi recently,” he said.
Plea to attend meeting
Earlier, speakers under the banner of ‘Forum to Protect an Integrated State’, including V. Lakshmana Reddy of the Jana Chaitanya Vedika and others including President of the APNGOs Hyderabad Unit P.V.V. Satyanarayana also appealed to all those in support of a unified State to attend the September 7 meeting and make it a grand success. They said that while police were yet to grant permission, they were confident of getting it and in the event of their request being turned down, they said they would move the Court.
Singer ‘Ghazal’ Srinivas said that artistes from Srikakulam to Anantapur would contribute through their cultural performances to take the message of an integrated State in a bid to ensure that it reached the ears of the powers-that-be in New Delhi.