Staff Reporter

‘Bifurcation of the State will hamper development process’

NSUI organises ‘venakadugu’ programme

RTC cancels buses for seventh day

NELLORE: Leaders of Congress, Telugu Desam, Praja Rajyam parties and student unions who are supporting united Andhra Pradesh criticised the UPA government for its decision on bifurcation of the State.

They took out processions, organised dharnas and relay fasts on the seventh day on Wednesday in the district protesting the Central government’s move on formation of separate Telangana State. Activists of Congress Minority Cell, BC Cell and NSUI organized `Venakadugu’ programme (walking back) from Indira Gandhi statue at APSRTC Bus Station to Jawaharlal Nehru statue in the city.

They allege that some leaders at the Centre are trying to hamper development in the state and Congress party’s decision to bifurcate the state will take Andhra Pradesh back.

The TDP leaders continued relay fasts on the second day at Gandhi Statue opposing the UPA Government’s move to divide the state. Relay fasts, dharnas and rallies also continued at several places in Nellore district today.

The APSRTC Nellore Region cancelled buses to all districts in Rayalaseema area on the seventh day as tense situation was continuing with the agitations seeking `Samaikya Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking to `The Hindu’, RTC Regional Manager P.Seshagiri Rao said the management has operated 80 percent of the buses on Wednesday.

The officials are plying limited buses to Hyderabad and Bangalore cities, while buses to Chennai, Vijayawada and Telangana districts are running as usual, he said.