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More legislators join relay fasts

More legislators join relay fasts
Highlights

The agitation in support of Samaikyandhra raging in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions entered 20th day without any let up on Monday. With private operators striking work, the Visakhapatnam Port operations were seriously affected. APNGOs’ Association president Ashok Babu declared that they were not afraid of the ESMA and that the agitation would continue. He threatened to intensify the agitation from September 1.

  • Vizag Port operations affected as private operators strike work
  • APNGOs Assn. chief threatens to intensify agitation
  • Telugu Desam MLAs Dhulipalla & Palle continue fasts
  • Legislators Nannapaneni, Ramakrishna & Srinivas join
  • TDP women try to lay siege to Botcha’s house

Hyderabad: The agitation in support of Samaikyandhra raging in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions entered 20th day without any let up on Monday. With private operators striking work, the Visakhapatnam Port operations were seriously affected. APNGOs’ Association president Ashok Babu declared that they were not afraid of the ESMA and that the agitation would continue. He threatened to intensify the agitation from September 1.

The government employees, RTC staff, students, teachers took out rallies, organized ‘rasta rokos’, held dharnas at several places in the two regions. They formed human chains and vent their ire against the State’s bifurcation in various ways. Several MLAs of Telugu Desam and YSRCP continued their indefinite fasts, even as others joined them.

In Vizianagaram, women TDP activists tried to lay siege to the house of PCC Chief and Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana, but the police intervened and aborted the attempt. As they took out a rally towards the house, the police stopped them at Korada Road and asked to disperse. The women activists entered into heated arguments with the police. But as the police did not relent, they raised slogans against the Congress party, Sonia Gandhi and Botcha and dispersed.

Even as the fast of TDP legislators, Dhulipalla Narendra in Ponnur (Guntur district) and Palle Raghunath Reddy in Puttaparthi (Anantapur) continued, their party colleagues, Nannapaneni Rajakumari, MLC, Y Srinivas, MLA, along with Sanakkayala Aruna, former Minister, went on fast fast in Guntur. TDP MLA Ramakrishna sat on hunger strike at Venkatagiri , in Nellore district.

YSRCP legislator from Kovvur (Nellore) Prasanna Kumar Reddy commenced his fast in support of the ‘deeksha’ of party leader Y S Vijayamma in Guntur. Wife of Rayadurgam MLA (Anantapur ), Bharati also went on fast to express support . Another MLA, Srikanth Reddy, whose hunger strike was forcefully thwarted by the police in Kadapa on Sunday night, continued his fast in RIMS, where he was lodged along with former Mayor Ravindranath Reddy.

In Chittoor district the students took out a huge rally in support of the united State, even as lawyers launched indefinite relay hunger strike near local courts. YSRCP leader Pilli Subhaschandra Bose launched a bus yatra in East Godavari district. RTC employees took out a rally of buses in Rajahmundry. Photographers took out processions in several districts in support of the Samaikyandhra. At Ravulapalem, the agitators took out a novel rally with 300 JSB poclains disrupting traffic on the busy National Highway.

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