Anantapur: Heavy rainfall could not stop the activists of Samaikyandhra from taking out mass processions as part of 17th consecutive day of protest against the decision by the Congress high command to carve out the separate state of Telangana state, in the region on Friday.
Thousands of activists participated in dharnas and taking out rallies despite heavy rainfall in Kurnool, Kadapa and Anantapur districts. In addition, the agitators celebrated ‘Varalakshmi Vratham’ at the venues of their protests.
Similarly, normal life was came to a grinding halt as part of indefinite strike by the NGOs and employees of other departments on third day of strike on a single point agenda of demanding the Centre to withdraw decision over bifurcation of the state.
The offices remained closed in the region after the employees staged dharna and rallies in their respective headquarters.
In Anantapur, services were came to halt at general hospital after the doctors and medical staff closed the doors and offered treatment under a separate shelter on Friday.
Nearly, 960 buses of APSRTC were confined to 13 depots in the district on 17th consecutive day. With all the buses including private operators confined their buses to garages, people have to depend on trains and other private vehicles.
M. Sandeep, a private employee in Hyderabad had to hire taxi to attend funeral of his father-in-law four days ago. “I have traveled in several routes to avoid agitators instead of main road to reach Kambadur village in Anantapur district,” he said and added he could not attend last rites due to delay in reaching the place.
Arts College lecturers had demonstrated begging as part of the agitation for Samaikyandhra here. Teachers of JACTO had performed Varalakshmi Vratam at the tent near RDO office to mark as protest to reach the Centre to reverse decision on bifurcation of state. Fishermen had washed cloths near Tahsildar’s office demanding the Centre to keep the state united.
In Kurnool, nursing students staged a protest with umbrellas in the heavy rain at main roads of Kurnool city. Commercial tax department employees took out a procession against the Antony committee which had no statutory right to take decision on the bifurcation of state.
Bankers has staged a silent protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in the rain. Reports that activists took part actively in the rain demonstrating various types of protests against the unilateral decision of the state.
In Kadapa district, three MLAs of YSRCongress continued their fast-unto-death against the unilateral decision by the Congress to split the state without considering the opinions from the people of Rayalaseema.
Rayachoti MLA G. Sreekanth Reddy and former Kadapa mayor P.Ravindranath Reddy continued their hunger fast on 4th day at Kadapa collectorate while Railway Kodur MLA Korumutla Sreenivasulu at Railway Kodur and Rajampeta MLA Akepati Amarnath Reddy at Rajampeta on second day of hunger protest.
Agitators of Samaikyandhra staged protests with umbrellas in the heavy rainfall at many parts of Kadapa district and took out rallies also. Nearly 900 buses from 11 depots are confined to depots in the district on the 17th consecutive day.