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Instead of making sarees, they make clothes on the streets of Chirala

YSR Congress activists taking out a motorcycle rally in Ongole on Sunday.— photo: Kommuri Srinivas
YSR Congress activists taking out a motorcycle rally in Ongole on Sunday.— photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Concerned over the Centre’s decision to go ahead with the cabinet’s note preparation for formation of Telangana state, hundreds of weavers, who weave beautiful sarees for a living, for a change, made clothes on the streets of Chirala town on Sunday to further the cause of Samaikyandhra.

The weavers, led by Padmashali Sangam local unit leaders K.Vijaykumar, K.Mallikarjun and J.Srinivasa Rao, came with the looms mounted on vehicles in a huge procession.

After garlanding the statue of Pragada Kotaiah, leader of the handloom movement, they also spun yarn using the charkhas, which had been effectively used by Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom movement to fight against the Britishers.

Samaikyandhra Political JAC Chirala unit convenor G.Madhava Rao referred to the cloth made by weavers with intricate designs and colours, underscored the need for unity among all Telugu people for all-round development of the state and.

Meanwhile, police foiled the indefinite fast by Congress activist B.Ghouse in Ongole and by TDP leader Karnam Venkatesh at Addanki by shifting them to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences here as their health condition deteriorated.

The Dalit Sangalu Aikya Vedike at a round-table conference at the Ambedkar Bhavan in Ongole condemned the purificatory ritual conducted by Telangana protagonists at the L.B.Stadium, the venue for the September seven “Save Andhra Pradesh” meet of the APNGOs.

Vedike Convenor Chapidi Vengal Rao and Dalit Hakula Porata Samiti district President Neelam Nagendra Rao also condemned the attack on members of the APNGOs returning after attending the meeting. Mala Mahanadu District President Dasari Sivaji alleged that Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti founder President Manda Krishna Madiga had betrayed the Seemandhra people after launching the struggle for categorisation of SCs from Prakasam district.

Ahead of the YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's sister Sharmila’s ‘Samaikhya Shankaravam’ bus yatra in Prakasam district on September 10, the party activists held a motorcycle rally in Ongole. In Markapur, integrationists organised a candlelight procession to urge the Congress Working Committee to reverse its decision to bifurcate the State.

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