Union Ministers, MPs and MLAs should mount pressure on the Congress leadership to obstruct the bifurcation of the State, Visalandhra Mahasabha president N. Chakravarthi and secretary Raviteja have said.

They were speaking at a ‘Nari Bheri’ organised at Puttaparthi Circle in Proddatur on Saturday.

As part of the programme, women in large numbers took out a rally from Proddatur Municipality office in protest against the State bifurcation move by the Union government.

Both the leaders said being scared of appearing before the people, who have been agitating for the past two months, the elected representatives are only making statements in the media in a bid to please the Congress leadership.

Proddatur Municipal Commissioner S. Venkatakrishna also demanded that the Centre give up the bifurcation move.

MPs must quit: Vivek

The MPs should resign from the Parliament to pressurise the Congress leadership to retract from the bifurcation decision and MLAs should pass a resolution in the Assembly against the move, former Minister Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy demanded at a Pulikeka meeting held on the CSI Church grounds in Pulivendula on Saturday.

Former ZP Chairperson D. Jyothi Reddy and Congress leader T. Madhusudana Reddy, YSRC district youth wing president Y.S. Avinash Reddy, former MLA S. Purushotham Reddy, Dr. E.C. Gangi Reddy and D. Sivasankar Reddy and Telugu Desam MLC S.V. Satish Kumar Reddy and Telugu Yuvatha leader B. Ramgopal Reddy also participated in the meeting and asserted that Rayalaseema would become a desert if the State was bifurcated.