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Streets mirror mounting public anger

Streets mirror mounting public anger
Highlights

• Jana Gala Ghosha energises crowds in Atmakur • Jana Garjana echoes across Jammalamadugu • Jana Ghosha reverberates in Rajahmundry ...

• Jana Gala Ghosha energises crowds in Atmakur
• Jana Garjana echoes across Jammalamadugu
• Jana Ghosha reverberates in Rajahmundry
• Shanti Homam in Ongole
• Lawyers surround the house of Botcha
• Raktabhishekam to disfigure Sonia’s portrait
• Palabhishekam to Sir Arthur Cotton’s portrait

Thousands of people took to the streets in several towns and on National Highways across the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions on Wednesday, raising their voice in support of Samaikyandhra. At some places, government employees and students surrounded the Congress party’s offices and threw tomatoes in protest against the decision of the Union government headed by the Congress party.

At Atmakur in Kurnool district, thousands of people converged on the Kurnool-Guntur road and blocked traffic for more than four hours under the banner of Samaikya Jana Gala Gosha. They raised slogans in support of Samaikyandhra and vowed to continue the agitation until withdrawal of the proposal to bifurcate the State.
Several intellectuals and local leaders addressed an estimated 50,000-strong crowd and explained the problems that would arise if the State was bifurcated. The song “Maa Telugu Talli Ki Mallepu Danda” was sung throughout the meeting.
Thousands of people gathered at the High School grounds at Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district in response to the call for Jana Garjana and raised slogans in support of the demand to keep the State united. The local Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) presided over the meeting.
Addressing the gathering, YSR Congress Party MLA Adinarayana Reddy said that the agitation would continue until the process for bifurcation of the State was abandoned.
He called upon the people to teach a lesson to the Congress party which was dividing the State to gain a few seats in the Telangana region.
In Vizianagaram, lawyers laid siege to the houses of PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana, TDP MLA Ashok Gajapati Raju and MLC Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy, demanding their resignations. The police foiled their attempts and dispersed them.
In Ongole, the road in front of the Collectorate reverberated with slogans and witnessed rallies, human chains and other kinds of demonstrations.
A Shanti Homam was organized on Wednesday by staff of the Endowments Department under the auspices of Vedic pundits. Students, employees and local people occupied the road and staged protests. A huge rally was taken out in the town by the JACs of Music College and Drama artistes.
In Kakinada, employees of the Collectorate staged a unique protest on Wednesday. Accusing the UPA chairperson of conspiring to destroy the twin Godavari districts by proposing to bifurcate the State, the protesters performed ‘Raktabhishekam’ to the portrait of Sonia Gandhi. They also performed ‘Palabhishekam’ to the portrait of Sir Arthur Cotton for his efforts to ensure prosperity in the twin Godavari districts. The unique protest caught the eye of one and all as Sonia and Sir Cotton, both foreigners, came with different orientations.
Educationalists to boycott Teachers’ Day celebrations
The Seemandhra Vidyavethala Samisti Karyacharana Samithi (Educationalists’ Joint Action Committee), representing government, private, corporate, aided and polytechnic colleges in all the 4 Rayalaseema and 7 Andhra districts, has decided to boycott the Teachers’ Day celebrations on Thursday as a way to express their support for the Samaikyandhra agitation. The convener of the Seemandhra Educationalists JAC, Velaga Joshi, told the media that there was no question of compromising on the bifurcation issue. All the teaching staff and managements of Seemandhra colleges were against the division of the State as it would impact students’ future and their career prospects.
As a mark of protest, all the members of the JAC decided to avoid Teachers’ Day celebrations and sketched out plans to organize rallies and conduct rastha rokos at important junctions in all the 13 districts, he added.
Unique protests to propagate agitation
A municipal employee is winning accolades in the Samaikyandhra agitation by repeatedly offering even to sacrifice his life while assuming its local leadership. Municipal AE Saiprasad has won praise from the agitators for getting beaten recently with tube lights and chewing the glass pieces and shaving head after performing obsequies to KCR. In a unique protest to strengthen the Samaikya ndhra slogan with a clear message that he would not agree to the State’s break-up, Municipal AE Saiprasad pierced iron pieces through the cheeks and in the chest. He was the centre of attraction during a rally organised by the Municipal JAC here on Tuesday.
The AE told The HMTV-Hans India that his efforts in holding such unique protests were aimed at focusing public attention towards the Seemandhra agitation.

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