The Samaikyandhra agitation in the East Godavari district entered the 68th day on Tuesday and Central government offices and banks were closed in towns like Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Amalapuram. Power was off in the district from Monday morning, but it was restored the same night. Again it was switched off on Tuesday from 6.30 a.m to 6.00 p.m as the transponders got only 30 lakh units of power against 68 lakh units on regular basis.
The agitation is being intensified in Konaseema. Teachers took out a huge rally in Amalapuram under the aegis of Teachers’ JAC. The agitators protested in different ways under the aegis of Konaseema JAC by hanging photos of Sonia Gandhi to dogs. Relay hunger strike was going in all mandal headquarters in Konaseema.
In Rajahmundry, APNGO leaders forced closure of Central government offices in the town in support of Samaikyandhra. NGOs formed into three groups and seized BSNL office at Gokavaram bus stand and Kotagummam, post office, Income Tax office, commercial taxes office and banks. They squatted in front of these offices and sent out employees who were performing duties. Later, the NGOs closed ONGC office on the national highway and GAIL office on AV Appa Rao road.
APNGO town unit president Geddada Hari Babu blamed the Congress government for creating havoc in the state by taking the unilateral decision on bifurcation of the state. He predicted that the people would teach a lesson to the Congress party and other parties that had supported the decision of bifurcation. Revenue employees JAC president GD Kishore Kumar, NGO leaders Johnson, Vidyasagar and Venumadhav, RTC leaders N sathi Babu, CN Rao and Kondala Rao and municipal employees and teachers JAC leaders Ch Srinivasa Rao, Ramana Rao, P Anil Kumar and Gowrishankar were present on the occasion.
The Animal husbandry department employees staged a protest in a novel way. People who are in attires of Sonia Gandhi, Digvijay Singh and KCR were shown expressing happiness by clapping while two girls representing the two regions were fighting at each other. On other hand, Telugu Thalli was shown shedding tears over the bifurcation of the state.