Anantapur/Kurnool: Protesting the division of state decision, the municipal employees of Anantapur Corporation on Saturday organised a public court and hanged the effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the Congress in-charge for state affairs, Mr Digvijay Singh.
Eeswaramma acted as the judge and advocate Guru Prasad argued against the leaders. Guru Prasad alleged that KCR raised the Telangana issue to get political mileage.
Following mounting pressure, Sonia Gandhi and Digvijay Singh took a unilateral decision on the statehood issue without consulting the Seemandhra leaders, he alleged.
Meanwhile, the protests, dharnas and rallies continued across the district expressing solidarity to agitation from various sections of people. With RTC buses confined to depots, it has suffered a loss to the tune of Rs 20 crore in the district. RTC staff staged a massive rally in the Town. Gazetted and NGOs formed a human chain at Clock Tower. At SKU, teaching and non-teaching staff and students staged a half-naked protest.
As part of intensifying the Samaikyandhra agitation, the teachers JAC on Saturday picketed the residence of Union minister Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy, minister T.G. Venkatesh’s office and minister Erasu Prathap Reddy’s residence at Atmakur in Kurnool district.
The Samaikyandhra activists raised slogans against the ministers and elected representatives and asked them to quit their posts immediately expressing solidarity with the agitation.
The YSRC cadres in the district called for a bandh protesting against the forcible removal of YSRC honorary president Y.S. Vijayalakshmi, who was on a fast at Guntur opposing the bifurcation of the state. Commuters had a tough time with private bus operators also joining the agitation.
With all other officials, except the collector and joint collector joining the agitation, government services have been paralysed. Meanwhile, the police foiled the fast of YSRC leader S.V. Mohan Reddy and forcibly shifted him to a government hospital.
However, Mohan Reddy continued his fast in the hospital. Later, he called off his fast following advise from state leaders. At the collectorate teachers cleaned the statue of Mahatma Gandhi with milk. The agitation continued in Adoni, Atmakur, Allagadda and Nandikotkur. Bethamcharla and Kovela Kuntla.