Students block screening of ‘Arya-2’, ‘Magadheera’ in Telangana districts
People in Warangal asked not to subscribe ‘Saakshi’ promoted by Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Posters call for boycott of Andhra films; people told not to pay taxes till Telangana is formed
WARANGAL: Protesting against the Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi’s stand on separate Telangana, scores of students and TRS workers stormed movie theatres running the films featuring his kin and forced a bandh.
Amrutha theatre where ‘Arya-2’ was being screened, and ‘Magadheera’ shows at Sunil and Radhika theatres were
Stopped. Hundreds of students barged into these theatres and forced the audience to come out in protest. Later, they warned the managements against screening the films.
The members of Joint Action Committee of Kakatiya University, Telangana Graduates Association, Telangana Advocates Association and others took out protest rallies and criticised Mr. Chiranjeevi for going back on his promise to support the separate Telangana cause.
Students pulled down the flexi banners of the films and consigned them to flames raising slogans against the PRP leader. They urged the people to reject the films featuring all actors supporting an integrated Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to media men, senior advocate Gudimalla Ravi Kumar, Prof. K. Venkatanarayana, Prof. Dinesh, Prof. A. Sitaram Nayak and M. Yadava Reddy of TGA said the leaders of Andhra and Rayalaseema were only agitating to protect their business interests and were obstructing process of separate Telangana.
“Leaders of all the political parties in Andhra and Rayalaseema came together cutting across the party lines only to work against the Telangana. They want to protect their business interests and have least regard for aspirations of Telangana people,” they said.
They appealed to the people of the region, academics, intellectuals and students to boycott the movies starring Chiranjeevi and his family members.
They also wanted the people to stop patronising vernacular Telugu daily ‘Saakshi’ run by Congress MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy for his anti-Telangana stand.
Meanwhile, the relay hunger strike by the advocates continued for the fourth day on Wednesday.
A group of advocates met the district Collector and submitted a memorandum demanding that the Central government move the resolution for separate Telangana in Parlimanet immediately.
Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: The Telangana students Joint Action committee forced cinema theatres showing Ramcharan’s ‘Maghadheera’ and Allu Arjun’s ‘Arya-2’ to stop screening of the films in various parts of Karimnagar district on Wednesday.
The students of JAC and party leaders destroyed the actors cut-outs and banners in protest against the PRP president for changing his stand on the formation of Telangana statehood. In Karimnagar town, students instructed theatre owners not to screen Chiranjeevi family members’ films in the town.
Several PRP leaders of the district also announced to resign from the party if its president Chiranjeevi participates in United Andhra movement. Recollecting Chiranjeevi’s election campaign in Jagtial town where he announced that he was committed for the formation of Telangana statehood, the PRP leaders said that they would not tolerate if Chiranjeevi changes his stand on Telangana and warned him that the films starring his family members will be banned in the region.
On the other hand, the students also stopped the screening of ‘Saleem’ film in Jagtial town in protest against filmstar Mohan Babu announcing his support to United Andhra movement.
‘Boycott Andhra films’
Adilabad Staff Reporter writes: Handwritten wall posters have mysteriously appeared at several public places in Adilabad on Wednesday asking people to boycott cinemas that feature artistes from Andhra region. A hitherto unknown organisation called Adilabad Praja vedika has issued the posters wherein people have also been asked not to pay any taxes until Telangana was formed.
Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samiti activists at Mancherial and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists at Adilabad tore posters of ‘Arya-2’. A handful of slogan shouting activists came to the theatre and demanded the managements to suspend screening of the movie.