Integrationists to intensify agitation from today

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Union Ministers and MPs asked to quit their posts

Seven-seat auto owners and drivers encircle the Church centre with their vehicles for Samaikyandhra in Ongole on Tuesday. —Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Seven-seat auto owners and drivers encircle the Church centre with their vehicles for Samaikyandhra in Ongole on Tuesday. —Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Integrationists organised different forms of protests in Prakasam district on Tuesday to impress upon the Centre to keep the State united.

Expressing solidarity with the strike RTC employees, Ongole Tata Magic Auto Owners and Employees Association took their vehicles in an impressive procession from the bypass flyover rooting for Samaikyandhra.

The association members led by its president Dasari Ramesh encircled the Church Centre by parking their seven-seater vehicles in a pattern and choking traffic on the trunk road.

They turned the busy centre into their open dining hall and partook food as part of their Vanta Varpu programme to press for united Andhra Pradesh.

Municipal employees who were on an indefinite strike since August 12 midnight staged a novel demonstration by covering their eyes with black ribbons upset with the Centre for ‘turning a blind eye to their prolonged agitation’.

The municipal employees led by its Revenue Officer Manjula Kumari raised slogans against TRS president K.Chandrasekar Rao for belittling the stir by Samaikyandhra protagonists and urging the Centre to come out with a clear-cut announcement for Samaikyandhra.

Students under the banner of the Private Schools Association JAC stood in a pattern to resemble 63 number to mark the 63-day long agitation against the July 30 Congress Working Committee's decision to bifurcate the state.

The students led by Samaikyandhra Students Front convenor P.Nagaraj formed a massive human chain at the mini-stadium here to plead with the Centre not to divide the State. Striking RTC employees, lawyers and Agriculture Market Committee staff members observed relay-fast.

Staging a demonstration in front of the Prakasam Bhavan, APNGOs Association State associate president Sk.Abdul Basheer asked the striking employees to gear up for various forms of protests starting with peace rallies on the Gandhi Jayanthi Day on October 2 to exert pressure on Union Ministers and MPs to quit their posts and plunge into the Samaikyandhra movement.

In Markapur, thousands of employees led by APNGOs leaders, including its district secretary B.Srinivasa Rao, took out an impressive procession from the RDO office. “The employees will continue with the stir till the Centre took back its decision to divide the State,” Mr Basheer asserted while addressing the rally.

‘Samaikya baata’

TDP activists led by former minister Maganti Venkateswara Rao undertook ‘Samaikhya baata’ at Nidamarru. The NGOs resorted to road blockade at Akiveedu, holding up traffic on the Eluru-Bhimavaram State Highway for some time. ‘Karmika Gharjana’ was organised at Narsapur with the involvement of construction workers and those in the other unorganised sectors. Tapi workers built a wall across the road to hold up traffic as part of the protest and a procession with Gangiredlu (decorated bulls) was taken out in the town.

The integrationists took out a demonstration by covering their mouths with black clothes at the same place. A human chain was formed in Bhimavaram with students from various colleges in and around the town. Motor cycle rally was held in Eluru under the aegis of the Panchayat Raj department employees.



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