Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: Telugu Desam Party leader Kodela Siva Prasada Rao’s remarks on AICC president Sonia Gandhi for favouring separate Telangana State led to a spat between Congress and TDP leaders at Potti Sriramulu statue relay fast camp and Congress leaders boycotted the agitation for more than an hour on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, an agitator, P. Srinivasa Rao, who was injured during the rail roko agitation on Tuesday, died in the Government General Hospital on Wednesday morning. The TDP leaders claimed that he was their party worker.

The former minister announced launching of indefinite fast at Hindu College Junction from Thursday.

The agitation with relay fast that began three days ago in Guntur district was marred when Agriculture Market Committee Chairman Lella Appireddy and DCC president Singham Basavapunaiah decided to distance from it following the TDP leader’s criticism.

The JAC had proposed a rally of 5,000 students from the Hindu College Junction, but it was converted into a dharna. Persuaded by other JAC members, Mr. Basavapunnaiah later relented and joined the TDP cadre to continue the agitation.

College and school students, however, took the mantle from the political leaders and continued dharna and fast in the city. In Bapatla students of Bapatla Engineering College began rasta roko in front of their college, but the management did not allow girls to go out, which enraged the boys, who threw stones at the pharmacy college building of the Bapatla Educational Society. None was injured.

Human chain

While life remained normal in Guntur city, students formed human chains at various junctions during the day stopping traffic.