Tension prevailed for more than two hours at the house of former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao with the representatives of APNGOs Association and Samaikyandhra Parirakshana Forum organising a massive protest demanding his resignation from the State Assembly. Heavy security was arranged at Dharmana’s house from early hours with the announcement of the agitators that they would organise demonstration seeking his immediate resignation. They also strongly condemned the reported statement of TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao who had said that Andhra employees should leave Hyderabad after formation of the new State.
APNGOs Association leaders Chowdaru Purushottam Naidu, Hanumanthu Sairam and B. Umamaheswara Rao argued with the police officials over putting up heavy barricade to prevent their protest.
The forum members Swami Srinivasananda, Jami Bhima Shankar, D. Vishnumurthy, Geeta and others also raised slogans against Mr. Prasada Rao saying that his resignation along with other public representatives would mount pressure on the AICC leadership to withdraw the decision to form Telangana State with Hyderabad as capital.
The police said that Mr. Prasada Rao was not present in the camp office and went to participate in official programmes in Ampolu and other areas.
The office staff informed him about the agitation, forcing Mr. Prasada Rao to come back to Srikakulam. Addressing the agitators, he assured that he would ‘sacrifice’ his MLA post at appropriate time while saying that he had to speak in the Assembly to protect the interests of Andhra region. “I am also not happy with the decision of the AICC leadership. I will certainly resign from Srikakulam MLA’s post if it is necessary. Meanwhile, I am filing a case in the Supreme Court to protect the interests of the Andhra region,” he told agitators.
The agitations continued throughout the district on Saturday. Schools and colleges remained closed for the third consecutive day. APSRTC operated buses partially in specific routes in the evening.
Prasada Rao says he will move the Supreme Court to protect the interests of the Andhra region