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Former Minister Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao on hunger strike in Rajahmundry on Wednesday.
Former Minister Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao on hunger strike in Rajahmundry on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Paint pictures of united Andhra in Rajahmundry

Rajahmundry: Artists and painters of Rajahmundry staged protest against move to form separate Telangana in a novel way on Wednesday in Rajahmundry. Popular artist Guvvala Kennedy and his wife Guvvala Padma who is also noted artist along with other artists began their protest at Kotagummam centre around 10 a.m. beside Congress relay-hunger strike tent.

The artists with their brushes, paints, tools and kits reached Kotagummam and started spot painting of United Andhra. Guvvala Kennedy took the vast subject of Mahatma Gandhi’s Ahimsa message, Telugu Talli, United Andhra Pradesh and division of state and end results. Students of `Creative Art World’ drew different pictures on United Andhra for more than four hours. Sai Revati’s Telangana separation, G. Himabindu Varma’s prosperity through united Andhra and G. Srikrishna Varma’s (8 year old boy) narration, benefits of United Andhra attracted the public.

Few other artists who are now employees in government sector supported the protest but expressed their helplessness in directly participating in the protest.

However, on the other hand, relay hunger strikes by different parties, advocates continued on 6th day on Wednesday at Kotagummam, Syamala Theater, Gokavaram Bus stand and District Court building. Former Minister Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao, who is ailing from last three years, took pains in reaching Congress dharna tent near Kotagummam and he also sat for hunger strike for more than two hours. Doctors and his personal security guards advised him not to continue the hunger strike as he is already sick. There was tense situation for two long hours near Kotagummam as all party leaders assembled to form Joint Action Committee around 10.30 a.m. Police deployed additional forces to control the mob. DSP D. Janaki monitored the situation and warned that section 30 of police Act was in force.


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