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Byreddy launches ‘tractor yatra’

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RPS activists raise slogans in support of Rayalaseema State

Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy, president of RPS, launching the 'tractor yatra' on the Kurnool-Mahabubnagar border on Saturday.— Photo U. Subramanyam
Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy, president of RPS, launching the 'tractor yatra' on the Kurnool-Mahabubnagar border on Saturday.— Photo U. Subramanyam

Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy, president of Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi, launched his four month-long ‘tractor yatra’ on the Mahabubnagar-Kurnool border on the banks of Tungabhadra river here on Saturday.

Kamakshamma, wife of late RPS activist Y. Pullaiah, got the rare recognition of flagging off the rally. Pullaiah, who had earlier accompanied Mr. Rajasekhar Reddy on the padayatra, died of a heart attack near Dharmavaram. Kamakshamma was given Rs. 50,000 by Sivareddy, RPS leader as a donation.

Earlier, Mr. Byreddy planted a sword symbolically in the ground seeking victory for his expedition. Hundreds of RPS activists shouted slogans in support of Rayalaseema state.

Making a fiery speech, Mr. Rajasekhar Reddy said nothing less than separate statehood would solve the problems of Rayalaseema. “If we keep quiet at the moment, our posterity will not pardon us as everybody is on the job, making the most of the situation.”

Referring to Panchalingala, a village on the outskirts of Kurnool city, he said had our forefathers retained the capital at Kurnool before the formation of Andhra Pradesh, the village could have been the Punjagutta of Kurnool. Because of a simple mistake in those days, Rayalaseema was doomed.

He said his fight was aimed at getting the due share for Rayaseemala in the scramble for redistribution of resources in the State. If TRS wins 90 assembly and 13 Parliament seats, nobody can stop KCR from becoming the de-facto Chief Minister of AP. On the other hand, Rayalaseema was caught in the vortex of feudalism worse than that of pre-Independence era. Only 42 families were ruling the region one after the other while lakhs of other households were leading a miserable life to earn two square meals a day, leave alone share in the power structure.

He said the ‘tractor yatra’ was devoid of any extravaganza like biryani and liquor bottles which were otherwise common in political activities. Only vegetarian food would be cooked for the volunteers and the journey for awakening would end at his residence in Muchumarri near Nandikotkur after four months, covering all four Rayalaseema districts.


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