“Telugu Jaati Atma Gaurav Yatra” by N. Chandrababu Naidu, TDP president, will begin in Vizianagaram on August 25. At a press conference on Thursday evening,
Dwarapureddy Jagadish, party district president said that Mr. Naidu would begin the yatra by bus from Chintalapalem in Srungavarapukota Assembly Constituency on that day and cover all the nine Assembly constituencies in the district and enter Srikakulam district by 9 p.m. on August 31.
Mr. Naidu had not toured two northeast coastal districts during the marathon walkathon. Mr. Jagadish released the road map of Mr. Naidu’s yatra.
Meanwhile, at a separate press conference, MLC and DCC president K. Veerabhadra Swamy said that Mr. Naidu must enter the district only after withdrawing the letter he had written to President Pranab Mukherjee on state bifurcation and issue another letter in support of unified state.
Reacting sharply to the demand of DCC president, Mr. Dwarapureddy Jagadish said, “Mr. Swamy’s demand has no sanctity. Prior to the demand, the Congress must withdraw from the ongoing agitation.
“The irony is the Congress at the Centre had taken a decision to bifurcate the state and the same party leaders are agitating for Samaikhyandhra. PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana too is blaming TDP and YSRC in this respect though his party is responsible for the present unrest.”
He demanded the Congress leaders to withdraw from agitation.
He recalled that L. K. Advani, BJP patriarch had said that Mr. Chandrababu Naidu as Chief Minister from 1999-2004 had opposed statehood for Telengana. Even after the TDP chief gave letter of consent on Telengana the Congress did not honour it but appointed Justice Sri Krishna Committee, he said and described the present issue as a “political necessity for the Congress to remain in power after elections-2014.”
‘We will stop the yatra’
APNGOs Association leaders and representatives of Samikyandhra Parirakshana Vedika on Thursday vowed to disrupt TDP President Chandrababu Naidu’s bus yatra in Srikakulam district saying that he did not have moral right to move in Seemandhra region after giving consent letter for the formation of Telangana State.
Addressing a media conference here, APNGOs State Associate President Chowdary Purushottam Naidu, Vedika chairman Hanumanthu Sairam, and co-chairman Duppala Venkata Rao alleged that Chandrababu and other leaders were responsible for the chaos in the entire Andhra region.
“The teachers’s associations are completely in the hands of Telangana leaders who are preventing them from participating in United AP movement. That is why requested sarpanches not to allow teachers to run the schools from Friday onwards,” he added.
Mr.Sairam said that deputy collectors will also participate in the agitation from Friday, blocking the administrative activities completely.
Srikakulam Revenue Association President M.Kaliprasad, Srikakulam Press Club President K.Venugopal, Vedika and convener Jami Bhimsankar expressed happiness over the tremendous response for the agitation that began four weeks ago in the district.
Meanwhile, sarpanches, ward members conducted a rally from NGOs Home to Surya Mahal. Relay hungers strikes continued in the entire district.