Seemandhra junior lecturers to go on fast in Vijayawada

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Intermediate Education JAC members gherao board office

Students of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU) protest against the bifurcation during a demonstration in Tirupati on Tuesday.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
Students of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU) protest against the bifurcation during a demonstration in Tirupati on Tuesday.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

The Intermediate Education JAC members representing all the 13 Seemandhra districts have announced that they will go on a hunger strike at Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Responding to the call given by the Intermediate Education JAC to press for Samaikyandhra, the junior lecturers gheraoed the Intermediate Board here on Tuesday. Principals, junior lecturers, Physical Directors, librarians and contract lecturers besieged the office to protest against the State’s bifurcation and highlighted the issues that the students might face if the State was divided. They expressed fear that opportunities like employment, research facilities and higher education could become a distant dream after bifurcation. They also went on mass leave.

Agitations to be

stepped up

Similarly, employees of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) too applied for mass leave from August 27 to 31 to take part in the Samaikyandhra agitation. They organised a rally from their office as a part of their action plan and announced that they would conduct bike rallies and relay hunger strikes in the days to come.

Cycle Shops and Rickshaw Owners Association announced that they would organise a massive ‘Samaikyandhra rally’ covering all important parts of the city on Wednesday. The members will also conduct ‘Annadanam’ programme for the participants.

JAC of backward classes demanded that the politicians tend in their resignations and join the Samaikyandhra movement.

Students and staff members of the Veterinary University drew a rangoli representing the three regions of the State in the form of a cow and highlighted the problems that would arise due to State bifurcation. The attractive painting showed Telangana bagging Hyderabad, represented as the ‘udder’, leaving the ‘unproductive’ portions to Seemandhra.

Association of Refrigerator and Air Conditioners Technicians took part in the relay hunger strike at the Samaikya Andhra Parirakshana Samithi (SAPS) near Municipal office. Students from various educational institutions squatted near the camp and read books as a mark of protest against the bifurcation decision. YSRC Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy expressed solidarity to the technicians and said Sonia Gandhi’s plan to divide the State will never reach fruition.

Meanwhile, Christians participated in the hunger strike camp organised by YSR Congress at TUDA Circle.

Samaikyandhra supporters from various JACs have announced a 72 hour bandh christened ‘Tirupati Digbandhanam’ to step up the momentum of the agitations. In this context, Indian Medical Association (IMA) gave a call to the medical practitioners to extend their support to the bandh and close their out-patient clinics.

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