Protests against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh continued for the fourth day on Saturday with thousands of students, activists of political parties and general public expressing their resentment against the move, which has ignited fires of separatism in other parts of the country.
In addition to student and political Joint Action Committees, various organisations joined the stir on Saturday and strongly deplored the Congress for driving a wedge between people of different regions by endorsing the formation of Telangana State.
Supporters of the unified State took objection to the remarks against government employees of Seemandhra region purportedly made by TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao, saying that his utterances would further heighten tensions. Petrol bunks were closed and the dealers have staged a day-long protest at Hindu College Centre and pledged their support to the agitation for unified State.
Advocates at the District Court in Guntur and in other towns also joined the agitation demanding that the decision to carve Telangana should be taken back.
A large number of youths took out a rally from the BSNL office at Koritepadu up to Mother Teresa statue at Lakshmipuram under the aegis of Rayapati Yuvasena.
They wondered why the Ministers and MLAs of Congress were reluctant to quit their posts, which should not matter when the very existence of unified State is at stake.
Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao deserved praise for being the first to tender his resignation within hours of the Congress Working Committee announcing its decision to concede Statehood for Telangana.