In what appears to be a counter to the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting held by the A.P. Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association on Saturday, the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) has announced its intention to organise a public meeting at Guntur on September 29.

The sole objective would be to bring followers of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar from all the three regions of the State on a common platform to remind people of how the architect of the Indian Constitution, favoured smaller States.

“With focus on this point, we want to bring pressure on the Centre to hasten the process of forming Telangana State, as announced on July 30 by the Congress Working Committee and the constituent parties of the United Progressive Alliance and earlier on December 9, 2009,” said MRPS founder president, Manda Krishna at a press conference here on Sunday.

Introducing those who would address the meeting in Guntur titled ‘Ambedkar Vaadula Mahasabha’, he said it would be presided by champion of the backward classes, Y. Koteswara Rao, apart from staunch MRPS activists U. Brahmaiah from Prakasam district, K. Satyam from Guntur and M. Venkateswara Rao of Krishna district.

Mr. Koteswara Rao alleged that the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting was a brainchild of the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and while he had organised it himself it was executed by DGP V. Dinesh Reddy.

Mr. Krishna also said he would launch a protest hunger strike on September 12, 13 and 14, either at the Lal Bahadur Stadium or Indira Park, depending upon where the required police permission would be given.

Plea to integrationists

Mr. Krishna reiterated his appeal to those leading the Samaikyandhra agitation to exempt educational institutions and the A.P. State Road Transport Corporation from the strike that had reached the 40{+t}{+h}day today. The worst-affected were students belonging to the weaker sections, those below the poverty line, with schools being closed, he said.

Samithi to organise a public meeting at Guntur on September 29 to stress the need for smaller States