As many as two lakh people from all over Kadapa district converged at the district headquarters for the Samaikya Garjana, which was held successfully at the sprawling Government Arts College grounds here on Saturday, despite impediments posed by the police officials.
Pro-Samaikyandhra slogans by people of all ages, women and children carrying national and Samaikyandhra flags rented the air. People carried a 50-foot-long national flag to the garjana venue. Employees, teachers, workers, pensioners, women of DWCRA and self help groups, teachers and students of Yogi Vemana University, professional, degree and junior colleges, advocates, electricity and RTC employees, women and youth participated.
The Congress unilaterally announced the decision to bifurcate the State without any consultations or considering the aspirations of the Telugu-speaking people, whereas Andhra Pradesh was formed after wide-ranging discussions in 1956, Samaikyandhra Non-Political JAC chairman and Additional Joint Collector M. Sudarshan Reddy said.
In-charge District Revenue Officer N. Easwaraiah, Kadapa Municipal Commissioner P. Chandramouleeswara Reddy, YSR Regional Sports School Special Officer M. Ramachandra Reddy, NGOs JAC leader P. Siva Reddy and other leaders Ramamurthy Naidu, Gurrappa, Nagamuni Reddy, Ravi Kumar and G.V. Narayana Reddy spoke about the pros and cons of a united State and bifurcation.
AICC president Sonia Gandhi decided to bifurcate the State with a view to making her son Prime Minister, with utter disregard to the sacrifices of Potti Sreeramulu, they alleged. The Congress should withdraw its move for bifurcation as the intensive 32-day-long people’s movement in Seemandhra is as spirited as the freedom movement, they said. The agitation should continue with vigour to make Delhi leaders jittery. Public representatives who gave a nod to lopsided decisions in a bid to save their political positions are fearing to come to their constituencies, the leaders asserted. Ministers and elected representatives in Kadapa are staying away from the movement. Political parties which gave letters favouring the bifurcation of the State should withdraw them, they demanded.
The non-political JAC leaders called upon the people to voluntarily participate in the anti-bifurcation agitation in order to avert the division of the State. They resolved to hold similar Samaikya Garjana protests at Jammalamadugu on September 4, at Proddatur on September 5 and at Koti Reddy circle in Kadapa on September 10. Besides the leaders’ speeches, patriotic and Samaikyandhra songs were recited. People kept walking into the venue, even as the Samaikya Garjana came to a close.