Anantapur: The Samaikyandhra agitation is intensifying by the day with thousands of activists joining the movement to mount pressure on the Centre to reverse its decision.
Puttaparthi MLA Palle Raghunatha Reddy’s fast was ended on Friday at Puttaparthi in the district following health problems. When police arrested the Telugu Desam MLA and took him to hospital, his wife Palle Uma started a fast unto death at the same venue.
Rayadurg MLA Kapu Ramachandra Reddy’s wife K. Bharathi continued her hunger stir at Rayadurg in Anantapur district extending support to the agitation by YSRCP honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma. YSR Congress MLC S.V. Mohan Reddy continued his protest near the Gandhi statue on the outskirts of Kurnool.
Proddutur MLA K. Linga Reddy staged a satyagraha at the collectorate in Kadapa asking the Centre to withdraw its decision on bifurcation. Normal life is already paralysed due to the indefinite strike by the AP NGOs Association, APSRTC employees and teachers.
Gazetted officers would join the indefinite strike from Saturday. Sources said that all GOs except the collector, joint collector and a few top officers are joining the strike.
Additional joint collectors, sub-collectors and District Revenue Officers are joining the indefinite strike. Gazetted Officers Association leader K. Thimmapa said the agitation would be intensified to mount pressure on the Centre.
Many Muslims joined the agitations on Friday after prayer protesting the decision to bifurcate the state. Anantapur Muthavalli K.M. Shafiulla said that Rayalaseema would be badly affected if the state is divided.
RTC buses were confined to depots on the 24th day of the stir. RTC employees formed a human chain at the Sapthagiri Circle in Anantapur. Education institutions remained closed in all areas and lecturers from arts colleges registered their protest by holding classes on the main road near Clock Tower.