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72-hour bandh on in Anantapur

72-hour bandh on in Anantapur
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A 72-hour bandh in Anantapur was the highlight of the Samaikyandhra agitation in the seemandhra region on Monday. Business establishments were closed...

  • Effigies of Sonia Gandhi, KCR & Digvijay Singh burnt in Hindupur
  • Students’ JAC holds ‘Jaladeeksha’ in Krishna at Durga Ghat
  • MLA Narayana Reddy takes up two-day Markapur-Ongole ‘padayatra’ S Advocates demonstrate in Kurnool

Hyderabad: A 72-hour bandh in Anantapur was the highlight of the Samaikyandhra agitation in the seemandhra region on Monday. Business establishments were closed and private vehicles, including autos, were off the roads. While advocates staged a demonstration in Kurnool, women and students organised a mahila Garjana protest in Tirupati. The Students’ JAC took part in a ‘Jaladeeksha’ programme at Krishna Durga Ghat in Vijayawada. In Bhimavaram students boycotted classes. Legislator Narayana Reddy took up a two-day ‘padayatra’ from Markapur to Ongole in Prakasam district in support of ‘Samaikyandhra’.

Anantapur: A 72-hour bandh in support of Samaikyandhra began on here on Monday, with shops, banks and other business establishments remaining closed. Private vehicles and autorickshaws were off the roads. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders squatted on roads in the town blocking them during rallies on Monday. Some agitators slept on the roads, while other took out bike rallies. Muslim women formed a human chain. Agitators, including photographers, took up relay fasts.

The Samaikyandhra supporters held a rally in Hindupur opposing the State’s division. They sported masks of Sonia Gandhi, KCR and Digvijay Singh with flowers on their ears. Members of the APSRTC National Mazdoor Union dressed as Sangareddy MLA Jagga Reddy, an integrationist, took out a ‘sangibhava’ rally. Teachers and students organised a ‘homam’. In Rayadurg owners of computer centres demonstrated on the main road with computers.

Lawyers protest

Kurnool: Advocates staged a demonstration protesting against the attack on the Seemandhra lawyers in Hyderabad. They took out a rally from the district court to Srikrishnadevaraya statue. Former mayor Bangi Anantayya dressed as Srikrishnadevaraya resorted to a novel protest in front of the DCC office. Agitators formed a human chain at Rajiv Vihar Centre. They depicted Sonia Gandhi as ‘Italy Anaconda’ in a rally and burnt various effigies under the leadership of YSRCP legislator Chennakesava Reddy. Doctors beat ‘dappu’ drums. Teachers conducted classes for KVR students on the road. Members of the Commercial Taxes JAC, Madiga JAC, chicken shop owners and poultry farmers organised separate rallies. Electricity employees took out a silent rally. Students dressed in whites danced on the main road.

‘Mahila Garjana’ held

Tirupati: Women participated in a ‘Mahila Garjana’ programme at Sripadmavati Women’s University. They criticized the Centre and the Congress party leaders for not changing their decision to divide the State.

Blood donation camp

Kadapa: Agitators formed a human chain at the Seven Roads Centre in the town. People of all castes and religions staged protests in support of Samaikyandhra in Jammalamadugu. Members of the Srikrishnadevaraya Balija Sangham organised relay fasts, a blood donation camp and a rally, which were inaugurated by YSRCP MLC Narayana Reddy. In Proddatur, RTC employees performed ‘chakka bhajana’. Degree lecturers conducted a rally. MLA Linga Reddy and TDP town president Balakrishna Yadav, on fast for the last five days, were arrested and shifted to hospital.

‘Jaladeeksha’ organised

Vijayawada: Student leader Devineni Avinash organised a ‘jaladeeksha’ at Krishna Durga Ghat. Many members of the Student JAC took part. Staff of cooperative banks and Vijayalakshmi super bazaar organised a massive rally at Bandar Road.

Relay fasts

Nellore: The Samaikyandhra agitators commenced relay fasts at the Clock Tower centre in Gudur under the aegis of the SJAC. They plan to hold a ‘simha garjana’ public meeting here on September 5. Actor Roja expressed solidarity with the hunger strike by the YSRCP activists. Students formed a human chain under the banner of TNSF at KVR centre. Pinakani swimmers held a demonstration in the Penna river.

MLA’s ‘padayatra’

Ongole: Legislator Narayana Reddy took up a ‘padayatra’ from Markapur to Ongole in support of a united State. The Law department staff took out a rally holding a long national flag. Cycle rickshaw pullers held a rally. Women form a human chain in the town’s main centre.

Employees’ rally

Rajahmundry: Employees of the Panchayat Raj department and MPDOs held a rally. They sported varying ‘avatars’ and performed exercises to back the ‘Samaikyandhra’ cause. Traders staged a dharna in front of municipal office. In Anaparty, women belonging to fishermen’s community demonstrated at Devi Chowk holding nets, under the leadership of N Sesha Reddy, MLA.

‘Vanta-varpu’

Guntur: Employees of various courts organised a ‘vanta- varpu’ protest demanding the Seemandhra leaders to stay away from politics. The Revenue employees took out a massive rally. School students formed a human chain.

Highways paralysed

Vizianagaram: Agitators, including students and workers, took to the streets and paralysed highways. The RTC employees resorted to ‘half-naked’ protest and begging on the main road.

Visakhapatnam: In Anakapalli the Samaikyandhra supporters formed a human chain at the town’s main centre.

Laksha Gala Ghosha evokes good response in Madanapalle

Madanapalle: Thousands of people, including students, assembled for the full-throated ‘Laksha Gala Ghosha’ (one lakh voices) protest held by Samaikayandhra JAC here on Monday. The participation of students from various educational institutions contributed to the resounding success of the event. The Samaikyandhra agitators asked legislator Shajahan Basha to quit his post with immediate effect and join the agitation.

The students carried a long tricolor and took out a rally. All those who attended the event raised ‘Jai Samaikyandhra’ slogan. The delegates of various JACs jointly organised the event. Raghunatha Reddy, correspondent of Seven Hills College, told the gathering that the future of students would be in jeopardy if the State was divided. Guru Prasad, correspondent of Jnanambika College, said that Hyderabad city had developed a lot in Information Technology, If the State is divided, there would be no space for young people. Srinivasulu, principal, MITS College, said that students were losing their valuable time due to the agitation and it would impact their future, he said. Students presented cultural programmes.

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