Staff Reporter

Urges employees of Central and State governments to observe bandh today

It plans human chains in district tomorrow and relay hunger strike on Saturday

There will be no bandh of educational institutions, says JAC chairman

VIJAYAWADA: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Unified Andhra Pradesh has decided to intensify its agitation and involve people from all sections in the fight for a unified State.

The JAC on Wednesday called upon employees of the Central and State government offices to observe bandh on Thursday.

Human chains would be formed with people of different walks of life in every village and town across the Krishna district on Friday, while relay hunger strike camps would be opened across the district on Saturday. Briefing the media of the decisions taken by the JAC at a meeting, its chairman and former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad made it clear that the JAC had not given any call to the traders to observe bandh.

Call to traders

“Traders in some areas are observing bandh voluntarily. We are advising the traders to wait for our call to observe the bandh. This is time for us to work in unison to convey our strong sentiments,” he said.

Mr. Buddha Prasad said that cutting across party lines, activists of all political parties joined hands to launch a movement for unified State and the JAC was chalking out future course of action every day and reviewing the implementation of the programmes.

To a question, he said there would be no bandh of educational institutions.

‘Biased coverage’

Expressing unhappiness over the “inadequate” coverage being given by the electronic media to the movement for unified State, Mr. Buddha Prasad felt that the coverage was “biased” as the views of “only a few leaders from the Telangana region” were being aired.

“It is unfair on the part of television channels to air biased views. I am appealing to the managements of the channels to invite intellectuals with neutral stand on Telangana and conduct discussions,” he said, adding that the MSOs of the Andhra region were ready to blackout the channels that were not giving support to the unified AP movement.

Former Ministers Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao, Devineni Rajasekhar, Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu and other leaders were present.