The overcast sky and the intermittent showers did not deter the determination of thousands of people from attending the Visakha Samaikhya Garjana organised by the Non Political JAC, to voice the concern of Telugus against the bifurcation of the State, near the Kali temple at Ramakrishna Beach on Saturday.

Despite the non-availability of public transport due to the RTC strike the integrationists used different modes to reach the meeting venue.

Autorickshaws, two-wheelers and four-wheelers were stopped half-a-kilometre away to prevent traffic jams.

Activists of various JACs, who came by vans, buses and mini-lorries alighted at Siripuram and other places, a kilometre away, and preferred to walk as they carried flags and raised slogans in support of keeping the State united.

Though the showers failed to have any impact on the crowd, the absence of APNGOs Association president Ashok Babu seemed to have dampened their spirits.

Men, women and children were seen clapping as school students gave cultural performances on the stage highlighting the importance of keeping the State united and the fallacy of division. An 8{+t}{+h}class girl was the cynosure of all eyes as she made a brief speech followed by a poem underlining the need for unity among Telugus.

“Hyderabad belongs to all of us as it was built with the contribution of the people of all regions in the State. Division of the State should not be allowed at any cost,” she said.