MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasa Rao along with City Congress president Nakka Sri Nagesh, district library authority chairman Allu Babi and others staged a relay fast at Kotagummam Centre here on Saturday. The leaders faced stiff resistance from members of Advocates JAC who demanded MLA’s resignation in Speaker’s format and tried to disrupt the relay hunger strike by MLA and his followers. However, police pushed them away from the place. The advocates, later, staged a dharna in the middle of the road.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Suryaprakasa Rao said he had already resigned along with 73 party MLAs on July 3. He said only Congress would resolve the present crisis. He said the State would not be divided at any cost and criticised TDP and YSR Congress for their double standards. The MLA said he was ready for any sacrifice in keeping the State united. Chairman of Hitakarini Samajam Buddiga Srinivas, former floor leader in Municipal Corporation Polu Vijayalakshmi and others participated.

Lecturers and students of Government Arts College staged dharna and relay fast led by Arts College Lecturers JAC convener G. Chandraiah. Senior faculty members of the college J. Sunitha, G.V.A. Balamani, P.S. Sastry, K. Hareramakrishna and I. Nageswara Rao participated in the relay hunger strike. APNGOs association president G. Haribabu, Advocates JAC Seemandhra convener Muppalla Subbarao, Irrigation Engineers Balakrishna Murthy, B.S.N. Murthy and K. Muralikrishna and others extended their solidarity to lecturers.

Girls take out rally

Godavari Vidyarthi JAC Vudyama Jyothi led by girl students, lecturers from different women colleges took out rally. K.S. Soubhagyavathi, A. Suguna, V. Ratnakumari, K. Raghavacharyulu and Jayaprakash participated in the rally which was led by senior Telugu lecturer P.V.B. Sanjeeva Rao. Vidyarthi JAC Convener Madiraju Srinivas and Mr. Sanjeeva Rao handed over the Jyothi to MLA at Kotagummam Centre.

Meanwhile, artist Guvvala Kennedy who is conducting art and painting exhibitions with his art students from day one of Samaikyandhra agitation, drew a painting on Telugu Talli on Saturday. His painting was well appreciated by agitators, including APNGO leaders G. Haribabu, Samson and others.

Protests continue

Employees of various government departments continued their relay fasts on Saturday too demanding unified Andhra Pradesh State. Raising slogans against the government for being mute over the serious issue, on which people of Seemandhra region were agitating for the last one and a half month. Employees of the medical and health department, Municipal Corporation, ICDS and the court staff sat on relay fast and took out rallies in the city. The banks and insurance offices were opened after a two-day bandh and witnessed huge rush. Members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the employees, teachers and workers staged the relay fast in front of the Collectorate, where the teachers too staged a demonstration registering their protest against the proposed division of the State.

Muslims take out rally

In support of unified state, Muslims took out a huge rally from Ambati Satram in the town on Saturday.TDP Polit Bureau member P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and the party president Dwarapureddy Jagadish led the rally through the streets.