Visakhapatnam: Voicing anguish over the silence of the 10 Union ministers, belonging to Seemandhra, leaders and activists of Samaikyandhra Vidyarthi joint action committee performed “pinda pradanam” to their portraits, including Visakhapatnam MP and Union minister of state for commerce and industry D. Purandeswari, Kishore Chandra Deo, Killi Kruparani, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Panabaka Lakshmi, M.M. Pallam Raju, Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy, K. Chiranjeevi, J.D. Seelam, at the RK Beach here on Sunday.
The JAC leaders faulted the ministers for remaining silent over the bifurcation issue in the Parliament even while the people are taking to streets for Samaikyandhra. They are interested only in safeguarding their posts, the JAC leaders said.
“It is a unfortunate that none of our ministers visited Seemandhra in support of the agitations which are underway.” “If all our ministers resign to their minister and MP posts in protest against the division of Andhra Pradesh, the Congress Working Committee will reverse its word on Telangana, but our ministers are remaining silent spectators even while Seemandhra is on the boil.”
Meanwhile, the Congress leaders have launched a relay hunger strike at various places in the city against the division of state.
Formation of state is not easy: Minister
Srikakulam: Union minister of state for IT, Dr Killi Kruparani, expressing solidarity with the Samaikyandhra activists who are staging hunger strikes, visited camps put up at the municipal office, zilla parishad, APNGO Home and at Seven Roads Junction in Srikakulam on Sunday.
She said that formation of a new state was not an easy process and that so many issues were linked to it. “We are trying our best to keep the state united by explaining the situation in Seemandhra, in the event of bifurcation,” the minister said.
When protesters raised slogans against AICC president Sonia Gandhi, the minister appealed to them not to insult her. The decision was taken after taking opinion from all other political parties in the state, she said.
She said all the MPs and ministers were in touch with the Congress president and also with the Anthony Committee were briefing them about the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra.
When protesters demanded her resignation, she refused to do so. “We will lose our voice and will not have a chance to speak of our grievances if we quit our posts,” she said.