Putting to rest widespread speculation that the prolonged Samaikyandhra agitation launched in support of a united Andhra Pradesh, fizzled out without achieving the goal, the Krishna District Samaikyandhra Joint Action Committee (JAC) is back on its feet designing a novel protest programme to realise its dream of keeping Andhra Pradesh united.
The JAC members are trying to mobilise a large number of people to form a massive human chain around theIndrakeeladri hill, the abode of Goddess Kanaka Durga, the presiding deity.
“It will be a mega event wherein a 10,000-strong-crowd will participate in formation of a human chain that will spread across a distance of over 9 km radius to press the demand for a unified State.
Since it is believed that the Telangana Bill will be tabled in the State Assembly sometime in the first week of December, we want to build pressure on the Seemandhra MLAs to speak against the Bill and protect Andhra Pradesh from bifurcation,”
Samaikyandhra JAC’s Krishna district convenor Pothina Venkata Rama Rao told The Hindu on Wednesday.
“We will also offer prayers to the deity atop Indrakeeladri to bless the State and allow better sense to prevail upon those trying to split Andhra Pradesh,” he said.
The JAC leaders are relying heavily on Article 371 (D) of the Constitution. The Law Ministry officials told the Group of Ministers that an amendment would be needed to Article 371 (D) which provides special provisions for giving equal opportunities in education and employment.
“It is a complex procedure. Moreover the four key areas namely the zonal regulation, students’ education, water issues and protection to the common man cannot be complied with. An amendment to the said Article will be tantamount to opening a Pandora ’s Box,” said Mr. Rao.