Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s comments on sending back Seemandhra employees to their respective districts, after formation of Telangana, drew criticism at the spree of ‘Samaikyandhra’ agitations, here on Saturday.

Visibly infuriated by his comments, ‘Samaikyandhra’ supporters shouted slogans at every place where a dharna was conducted in the town. At a relay hunger strike organised by Samaikyandhra Parirakshana Samithi (SAPS), SV University’s Dean (College Development Council) Srikanth Reddy flayed at KCR for playing mind games to drive away Seemandhra people from Hyderabad, even before the formation of Telangana, since he cannot touch them legally.

Children organised a novel protest rally by skating all the way from SVU Arts College to Telugu Thalli Statue.

About 500 people, which included SVU students, professors and staff members led by SVU-JAC held a rally and organised a ‘Jail Bharo’ programme at the University Police Station. Tirupati’s famed travel and tourist vehicle operators jumped into the fray with a rally of tempo vans.

Wholesale vegetable vendors at Indira Priyadarshini Market shut down business as a sign of protest. Sonia Gandhi’s effigy was burnt along with tyres and firewood at various centres.

In Chittoor, four persons reportedly attempted self immolation, but policemen swung into action and doused water before taking them into custody. District Priests Association boycotted their ‘Puja’ duties and extended support to the movement.

An attempt to set a bus on fire on Madanapalle - B.Kothakota route was thwarted by police. Agitators felled trees to disrupt traffic for several hours at Rangampeta cross on the Puthalapattu - Naidupet highway. An effigy of Galla Aruna Kumari was also burnt at the protest.

TGV faults KCR

Kurnool Special Correspondent adds: Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkatesh has faulted TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao for his outbursts against Andhra employees.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, he said their fears were confounded that there would be no security for outsiders in Hyderabad. He said such conditions were not imposed even when Pakistan and India were separated.

He demanded second capital status for Kurnool saying the state could not have divided had second capital status was accorded to Kurnool.

He said it was sad that the agitators were demolishing the statue of Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi who had been ardent supporters of unified Andhra Pradesh.

Apology demanded

The APNGO’s association organised a meeting to chalk out future strategy to realise their demand for an united Andhra Pradesh even as they condemned the statement of TRS chief. 

They demanded an unqualified apology from him and a withdrawal of the statement from him besides assurances for safeguarding the interests of the Seemandhra employees in any eventuality.

On the other hand, the APh Working Journalists Forum organised a meeting with representatives of civil society groups and political parties to debate on the proposed division of the state and the future of the Anantapur district in such an eventuality.

Speaking at the meeting, almost all the speakers concurred on the necessity of a constitutional guarantee for providing drinking water to the district.