People also had to put up with closure of banks, post offices, ATMs, and petrol outlets

Normal life was thrown out of gear as Samaikyandhra protagonists enforced a power shutdown from dawn-to-dusk on Tuesday in protest against the Centre’s decision to bifurcate the State.

The life of people turned from bad to worse as the indefinite strike by electricity employees coincided with closure of public, private, and cooperative banks, insurance firms, as also Central government offices, including BSNL and India post branches, across the district.

The indispensability of electricity was fully felt by all sections of people, who were deprived of sufficient water to carryout their daily chores, petrol to fuel their vehicles, and enough cash on hand as ATMs were also closed down due to lack of power supply.

Mobile phones of people went dead as battery got discharged.

Tense situation prevailed in front of the eSeva centre at Addanki bus stand centre as a large number of people turned up to pay electricity bills and insisted that they be provided grace time for payment of bills.

Tuesday was the last date for the purpose and those manning the centre did not turn up to accept bills in the night as promised, much to the disappointment of power consumers.

“We will continue with our strike till the Centre gives a firm assurance to keep the State united,” said Electricity Employees’ JAC Prakasam district chairman N. Jayakar Rao and convener P. Sambasiva Rao while staging a dharna in front of the electricity office here.

Television channels, which had been dishing out latest political developments on the burning issue, were off the air. Patients in hospitals had a harrowing time in the wake of power shutdown.

Travelling public, who were dependent mainly on the Railways in the wake of indefinite strike by RTC employees, had a tough time in reaching their destinations as several trains were running late in view of the blackout.

‘Pinda pradanam’

Meanwhile, students led by Samaikyandhra Vidyarthi JAC State co-convener Rayapati Jagadeesh performed ‘pinda pradanam’ to top Congress leaders by standing in waters of the Krishna in the Nagarjunasagar canal on the outskirts of the city. Striking employees disrupted a meeting convened by the district administration to discuss issues relating to civil supplies.

TDP activists continued with their relay fast in all mandal headquarters in the district to express their solidarity with party president N. Chandrababu Naidu, who was on indefinite fast in New Delhi in protest against the “mishandling” of the sensitive statehood issue by the Centre.

Dawn-to-dusk shutdown throws life out of gear

eSeva centre in Addanki witnesses tense moments

People descend on the centre to pay power bills

They insist on extending deadline to pay the bills

Patients have harrowing time following shutdown

Travelling public huff and puff to reach their destinations

JAC firm on continuing strike till Centre reverses its decision