Takes up padayatra from Jammalamadugu
Rayalaseema region has abundant natural resources and a glorious history and can sustain independently if granted Statehood, Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi president Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy asserted on Saturday.
Mr. Reddy, a former TDP general secretary, who undertook padayatra from Jammalamadugu to Proddatur via Peddasettipalle and Chowdur on Saturday, alleged that the region remained backward due to the conspiracy hatched by some leaders.
Addressing a public meeting at Puttaparthi circle in Proddatur, he called upon political leaders, functionaries and people to set aside their political affiliations and participate in the movement for safeguarding the regional interests.
Rayalaseema Joint Action Committee president and former MLA M.V. Ramana Reddy said it was high time people of the region raised their voice for asserting their rights and due share of irrigation water, industrial growth and infrastructure.
Leaders elected from Rayalaseema region who ruled the State betrayed the region and meted out a raw deal to it owing to pressures, he alleged.
RJAC vice-president and former MLC M. Venkatasiva Reddy alleged that the region was given a raw deal in irrigation water and jobs in the State Secretariat.
The region was bigger in area than 40 nations and was rich in resources, he said. YSR Congress leaders E.V. Sudhakar Reddy and Kovvuru Balachandra Reddy and MRPS functionaries expressed support.
Interacts with students
Earlier, Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy interacted with students in Gautami College of Engineering for Women at Peddasettipalle and appealed to them to take part in pro-Rayalaseema movements.