The busy Church Centre turns into a beehive of activity as Samaikyandhra agitation enters 53rd day

Integrationists struck upon novel ideas to express their dissent, as the protests against the Congress Working Committee’s decision to bifurcate the State entered 53rd day on Saturday.

Civic body employees led by Samaikyandhra Municipal Corporation Employees’ Association district JAC convener A. Ramesh Babu and revenue officer Manjula Kumari were the cynosure of all eyes as they came in a procession wearing masks of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and Union Ministers to the busy Church Centre.

They sang bhajans to impress upon the Centre not to divide the State formed in the wake of the supreme sacrifice by ‘Amarajeevi’ Potti Sriramulu.

As the onlookers gathered to witness the event, association State secretary M. Venkateswarulu and other employees performed a skit, taking a dig at the Union Ministers from the Seemandhra region for their alleged sycophancy.

It was unfortunate that Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, and other Union Ministers played “second fiddle” to the party president, who wanted to bifurcate the State for political reasons out of blind love for her son and to make him Prime Minister, alleged Mr. Venkateswarulu.

They should pick up courage at least now to advise the Congress president on the ill-effects of the proposed division. Sportspersons under the auspices of the Prakasam District Olympics Association turned the busy Church Centre into a playground and exhibited their sporting skills to underscore the need for protecting the State’s integrity. Sportswomen played, among other games, kho kho, tug-of-war, and tennikoit and sportsmen performed martial arts and played netball.

Functionaries of sports bodies and sports lovers led by association chairman David Raju, president U. Pollaiah, and secretary Ch. Prabhakar Rao came in a huge procession from the RTC depot centre and formed a massive human chain to express solidarity with the striking government employees.

District officers, including Revenue Division Officer M.S. Murali and Chief Planning Officer M. Venkaiah, came in the traditional attire of farmers to highlight the water woes that were likely in the event of the division of the State. Animal Husbandry Department employees organised an impressive rally with Ongole bulls, the pride of Prakasam district, in the forefront.

Keeping up the tempo

Municipal employees wearing masks of national leaders take centre stage

Sportspersons exhibit their skills in various games and martial arts

Functionaries of sports bodies and sports lovers form human chain

District officials in farmers’ attire highlight water woes in the event of bifurcation

Teachers in the attire of mythological characters underscore need to keep State united