Rajahmundry: Expressing deep concern over the Central ministers from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions misleading the Congress leadership over the intensity of the ongoing Samaikyandhra stir, a section of farmers staged a novel protest by portraying the ministers as pests on a flexi banner and sprayed pesticide on them in a symbolic manner to get rid of them, at Agarthapalem village of Palakol mandal in West Godavari on Saturday.
Several farmers associated with Palacole Rythu Vedika led by its president and landlord Dr Nimmala Ramanaidu put up a flexi banner and depicted several kinds of pests with their heads as central ministers. They found fault with the ministers for sticking on to their plum posts when a cross section of the people are staging a series of protests to mount pressure upon the Centre to give up its proposal to bifurcate the state. They asked the ministers to give up their posts and join the movement and threatened to eliminate them like pests by spraying pesticide if they failed to do so.
In Rajahmundry, makers of flexi banners took out a huge rally by carrying a mammoth banner measuring nearly 2,200 feet depicting the development of Hyderabad and the consequences that may crop up once the state gets bifurcated. They started the rally by burning the effigy of TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao at Kotipalli bus stand. Municipal corporation employees practised sparring with swords and sticks on the road drawing the attention of the people.
Artists associated with Kandukuri Veresalingam Pouranika Kalakarula Sangham took out a rally sporting the dresses of epic personalities . Health personnel from Andhra Pradesh Vidya Vidhana Parishad joint action committee provided medical services under a tree to patients. Employees from information and public relations led by its assistant director M. Francis took out a rally.
while officials from welfare hostels too took out a rally and extended support to the relay hunger strike being carried out by the NGOs.
At Bhimavaram, nearly 1,500 students from several schools sported the dress of revolutionary leader Alluri Seetarama Raju and took out a rally up to Prakasam Chowk and rendered patriotic songs. Several employees, managements of educational institutions, teachers and others staged dharnas, rasta roko and formed human chain and even performed homam.
At Kovvur, local MLA T.V. Rama Rao offered prayers at a mosque along with Muslims. He said that he prayed to Allah to give wisdom to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to keep the state united. Meanwhile, Muslims resolved to stage a huge rally for Samaikyandhra on August 27.
At Nallajarla, Telugu Desam state vice-president Maganti Babu expressed anguish by saying that if the state is divided it would affect several sectors like education, farming and employment and other key sectors. He called upon the people to continue their stir until they realise their demand.