Hundreds of students belonging to Vignan University poured out on to the roads here on Tuesday morning raising the pitch against bifurcation of the State at a daylong protest held at Potti Sriramulu Centre. The students performed mock skits deriding the Centre’s decision, sat through ‘classes’ held on the traffic junction, performed various cultural programmes, giving vent to their pent-up anger against the decision to divide the state.
Braving the scorching sun, hundreds of boys and girls sat on the road, firm in their resolve to continue the agitation in the face of the concerns over their jobs, higher education opportunities and the prospect of losing Hyderabad.
“The massive outpouring of public anger is similar to the one which I have seen 25 years back when NTR was unceremoniously sacked as Chief Minister. The Centre’s decision to bifurcate the state without any scientific basis smacks of arrogance and lack of foresight,” said Chairman of Vignan Group of Educational Institutions, Lavu Rathaiah, addressing the students.
Stir to be intensified
Dr. Rathaiah said that the city of Hyderabad had been built with the blood, toil and sweat of people from all parts of the state. A whopping share of the state’s revenues was being secured from Hyderabad, he said.
He announced that the agitation would be intensified in future and a massive protest programme held gathering people from the six JACs. Vice-Chairman L. Krishnadevarayalu, Vice-Chancellor M.S.C. Bose, Registrar A. Leela Mohan Rao, Director, DET, V. Madhusudhan Rao, Principal of Nirula College, P. Radhika, and heads of departments of various branches participated in the protest programme. The university students proposed to observe relay fasts for three days from October 9, to press their demand to keep the state united.
Vignan University students squat on the road braving the scorching sun and perform mock skits deriding the Centre’s decision