Samaikyandhra activists come with inventive protests

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Municipal employees take out rally with torchlights after switching off streetlights

Panchayat Raj engineering staff prepare 'mirchi bajjis' to pep up integrationists to root for Samaikyandhra with renewed energy in Ongole on Saturday. —Photos: Kommuri Srinivas
Panchayat Raj engineering staff prepare 'mirchi bajjis' to pep up integrationists to root for Samaikyandhra with renewed energy in Ongole on Saturday. —Photos: Kommuri Srinivas

Integrationists struck upon novel ideas to further the cause of Samaikyandhra as protests against the July 30 Congress Working Committee's decision to bifurcate the State.

The Central government offices, public, private and cooperative banks and insurance firms across Prakasam district were closed for the second day on Saturday.

The State government employees, who have been on indefinite strike since August 12, opened a ''Samaikyandhra Bajji stall'', while municipal employees hogged the limelight taking out a procession with traditional torchlights after switching off streetlights.

Both men and women from the Panchayat Raj Engineering wing vied with each other in preparing the traditional snack and served them hot to Samaikyandhra protagonists tired after a lot of sloganeering. Then they followed it with serving piping hot tea to the protesters to root for Samaikyandhra with renewed energy. A Panchayat Raj Department employee dressed like Sri Krishnadevaraya was the cynosure of all eyes.

The man in the attire of the Vijayanagara emperor, during whose regime the Telugu literature and culture reached its zenith, wished that all Telugu people should live in harmony in united Andhra Pradesh, much to the delight of assembled integrationists.

Thousands of students and teachers from private schools and colleges led by Samaikyandhra Udhima JAC convenor G. Ravikumar came to the Church Centre in a big procession and formed a massive human chain. Students would suffer the most in the event of the State's division as a majority of higher educational institutions, public and private sector industrial units were concentrated in and around Hyderabad, Mr Ravikumar, also Correspondent of Harshini Degree College said.

APNGOs State associate president Sk. Abdul Basheer maintained that Union Ministers and Congress MPs from Seemandhra region should plunge into the Samaikyandhra movement after getting their resignations accepted by Lok Sabha Speaker Miera Kumar without any further delay.

Relay fasts

Rallies, relay fasts, demonstrations were also organised by striking State government, municipal and RTC employees, in among other places, Giddalur, Yerragondapalem, Markapur, Kanigiri, Kandukur, Singarayakonda and Chirala in the district.

  • APNGOs leader Abdul Basheer says Union Ministers and MPs should resign

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