D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao
Jagan asked to spell out his stand on the demand for statehood
Odarpu yatra extended by one more day in the district
Tribal women came to Julurupadu trekking long distances
KOTHAGUDEM: The pro-Telangana activists made a vain bid to stall the convoy of the Kadapa MP, Y. S. Jagan as he reached the coal town as part of his ‘Odarpu Yatra' late on Thursday evening. Despite all precautionary measures, the protesters sprung a surprise by surfacing in the midst of the crowd and chanted slogans denouncing the continuation of the Yatra in the Telangana region. They wanted Mr. Jagan to spell out his stand on the demand for statehood before proceeding further.
The police whisked away the youths immediately from the scene and cleared the way for the convoy. More forces were deployed in the town following the protest. The demand for Telangana is more pronounced in the coal belt compared to other pockets in the district. The incident was viewed as the major irritant in the Yatra which is on for the third day in the district. Some of the Congress leaders from Khammam, who strongly supported the demand for Separate Telangana, sounded highly critical of the timing protest.
The police took into custody about 25 persons in different places for trying to disrupt the Yatra by raising the pro-Telangana slogans during the past two days. Unfazed by the protests, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy had unveiled the statues of his father and former chief minister, Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy at 12 places in the day.
He called some eight families who lost their earning members. Most of them died suffering heart attack while watching the funeral of. Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy on the television.
The Odarpu yatra was extended by one more day in the district.
The district Congress leadership had taken a decision to this effect as many families were yet to be met as part of his consoling mission in Madhira and Khammam mandals. The party leaders said that the Yatra would continue on April 16 also in the district. Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy called on the family of Mukti Srinivas a toddy tapper, who died of shock as he knew the death of the former chief minister at Pata Anjanapuram village.
His wife, who was wailing inconsolably, was assured of all help. He spent more than half an hour in the village. He also consoled the family members of Madipalli Krishnaiah and Aitaraju Lakhmamma who died in similar state in Mallavaram village. Addressing a large gathering at Julurpadu village, he said he would remain indebted to the people for ever for the affection showered on him. Tribal women from distant tribal villages came to Julurpadu trekking long distances to meet the young leader.
Gugulothu Harita, a final year degree students who came to Julurpadu all the way from Garlavoddu, said every family in her village had a portrait of the former Chief Minister. He was being looked upon more as a god. She said she got ATM card for drawing her scholarship during the time of Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy.