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Agitation rages on unabated

Agitation rages on unabated
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The agitation in support of Samaikyandhra continued in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions on Friday even as thousands of employees headed towards Hyderabad to participate in the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting being held at LB Stadium on Saturday.

  • Thousands heading for ‘Save AP’ meet
  • Tirupati reverberates with ‘Laksha Gala Samaikya Bheri’
  • Lawyers protest attack in High Court
  • Muslims join Samaikyandhra chorus

Hyderabad: The agitation in support of Samaikyandhra continued in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions on Friday even as thousands of employees headed towards Hyderabad to participate in the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting being held at LB Stadium on Saturday.

In Tirupati, thousands of people participated in ‘Laksha Gala Samaikya Bheri’ organized by the Samaikya Andhra Parirakshana Samiti (SAPS) at the Municipal Office Circle on Friday. Thousands of school children arrived at the meeting clad in uniforms. Several gazetted officers also took part in the meeting and spoke.

In Rajahmundry, hundreds of lawyers organized a rasta roko on the rail cum Road Bridge on the Godavari linking the Godavari districts on Friday afternoon to protest against the reported attack on the lawyers of Andhra and Rayalaseema area on the premises of the AP High Court in Hyderabad. The rasta roko disrupted traffic on the busy road for several hours. They demanded that the attackers should be punished.

In Kothacheruvu village of Puttaparthi constituency in Anantapur district, RTC workers staged protests on Friday by standing on their heads. Later, they took part in the hunger strike. Lecturers of Saptagiri College in Hindupur took out a novel rally by jumping with their legs tied in jute bags. Students dressed to represent Telugu Thalli and freedom fighters followed them.

In Guntur, the relay hunger strikes of NGOs and other sections continued with full intensity. Muslims took out a massive rally in the city, demanding Samaikyandhra. The Tailors Association organized a demonstration in the centre of the city, demanding Samaikyandhra.

In Kadapa city, the Arya Vaishya Association organized a massive rally in thoroughfares with a thousand-foot-long national flag demanding the continuation of Samaikyandhra. Children attired in dresses of national leaders marched along with flag attracting the attention of passersby.

The lawyers, in a novel protest, applied vermillion on the foreheads of the passersby and invited them to participate in Samaikyandhra agitation. Employees of the uranium plant at Pulivendula took out a rally in support of united state. The employees of Rayalaseema Thermal Power plant observed tool down strike in support of the movement.

In Vizianagaram, the Telugu Desam workers, under the leadership of local MLA and party politburo member Ashok Gajapati Raju, organized a rasta roko and raised slogans against Congress party, holding it responsible for the bifurcation of the State. They burnt the effigies of Congress party and PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana.

In Srikakulam district, the police foiled the hunger strike of the Telugu Desam leader Dhanunajay Reddy at Icchapuram. The TDP district in-charge K Ramamohan Naidu said that the party would continue its protest in spite of the police action.

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