Staff Reporter

Integrationists chase away meeting’s organisers in Chintalapudi

Meeting was scheduled to be addressed by ex-Home Minister Vasanta Nageswara Rao

Eluru also witnesses tense situation in the morning

ELURU: The attempts by a group favouring separation of Andhra region from the State to hold a public meeting at Chintalapudi in West Godavari district turned into a street fight between them and those in favour of an integrated State, on Wednesday.

The integrationists reportedly chased away the meeting’s organisers.

They reportedly pelted stones and hurled eggs from the meeting venue, giving an ugly twist to the meeting.

The organisers of the meeting hid themselves in some houses nearby and saved themselves from the attackers.

The meeting was scheduled to be addressed by former Home Minister Vasanta Nageswara Rao, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State leader Somu Veera Raju and Nanduri Ramesh in support of the separation of Andhra region. The trouble began much before the speakers reached the town.

Showdown

The integrationists reached the meeting venue in a procession under the banner of Joint Action Committee, leading to a showdown between the two groups.

The integrationists dubbed the separate Andhra activists as ‘agents of Telangana’.

Futile bid

A similar situation prevailed in Eluru also in the morning with the integrationists making a futile bid to barge into the venue of a media conference addressed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kambhampati Haribabu on the need for seceding Andhra from the State.

Mr. Haribabu also addressed a meeting of his party workers later as part of preparing them for achieving his demand.

Heavy police force

A heavy police force cordoned off the meeting venue, thwarting the attempts of integrationists to enter the place.

Party’s view

Regardless of the protests from the integrationists, Mr. Haribabu expressed his party’s view that all-round development in the Andhra region could be possible only if the region was separated from Telangana.