Anantapur: The Samaikyandhra JAC has called a ‘72-hour total bandh’ in Anantapur district from Monday morning to mount pressure on the Centre to withdraw its decision to bifurcate the state. As the agitation hit the 26th consecutive day all education institutions, government offices and business establishments remained closed on Sunday.
The Joint Action Committee of all unions and organisations decided to intensify the agitation to rock Delhi. The 72-hour total bandh is part of the protest starting from Monday. “Not even a single autorickshaw would be allowed during the 72-hour bandh in the district,” the JAC leaders said.
Puttaparthi MLA Palle Raghunath Reddy’s wife P. Uma’s hunger fast was foiled by the cops at Puttaparthi and she was shifted to hospital after her health deteriorated. With gazetted officers including additional joint collector B.L. Chennakesava Rao and District Revenue Officer Hemasagar joining the agitation, government offices including the collectorate is deserted.
Dharmavaram Telugu Desam in-charge G. Suryanarayana staged a hunger protest at Dharmavaram in the district. Hindupur MP Nimmala Kristappa extended support to the Telugu Desam leader. Activists staged a protest by sleeping on the main road at Clock Tower and Saptagiri Circle.
Muniratnam Sreenivasulu held a protest with camels saying that the district would become a desert if the state is divided. Around 960 buses from the Anantapur APSRTC were confined to their depots on the 26th day of the agitation.
In Kurnool, former mayor Bangi Ananthaiah protested wearing a sari and participated in the relay fast at the District Congress Committee office. Ananthaiah, who is familiar with all kinds of protests dressed up like a woman demanding that Seemandhra ministers and MPs wear saris for not tendering resignations.
The teachers Joint Action Committee led by JACTO took up a mass post card movement at the Rajvihar centre on Sunday by sending post cards to Congress president Sonia Gandhi demanding to withdraw the decision to bifurcate the state.
AP Transco employees staged a Vanta Varpu at Vidyut Bhavan as part of their protest in Kurnool. Blood donation camps were held at Nandyal and other centers by Samaikyandhra JAC activists as part their protest.
RTC employee Venkateswarlu, 54, of Atmakur RTC depot died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Adoni in the district. Sources said, he was taking part in the agitation and suffered a heart stroke on Sunday morning while watching TV and died.
Similarly, R. Krishnamurthy, an activist from Anantapur died while watching TV a couple of days ago. In Kadapa, the Seven Circle Road was blocked on Sunday after AP Non Gazetted Officers, teachers and gazetted officers and non-political Joint Action Committee activists staged a protest.
The relay hunger protest was reached its 22nd day at the collectorate in Kadapa district. Additional joint collector B. Sudarshan Reddy and District Revenue Officer K. Eeswaraiah expressed their solidarity with the agitators, who are on the hunger fast.
Leaders statements irk Samaikyandhra activists
Though Samaikyandhra JAC activists are intensifying their agitation demanding that the Centre withdraw its decision on Telangana, political leaders are irking them with their statements. Senior Congress legislator J.C. Diwakar Reddy had to face a shock from teachers on Saturday when he tried to express solidarity with the agitation.
Diwakar had earlier issued statements supporting a Rayala-Telangana state and stuck to it if division is inevitable. Objecting to Diwakar Reddy’s proposals for a Rayala-Telangana, Samaikyadhra activists opposed him when he arrived at the venue to express solidarity with Samaikyandhra.
The activists also blocked Anantapur MP Ananta Venkatrami Reddy and Telugu Desam MLAs for not quitting their positions. In Kadapa, the agitations peaked when the activists threwslippers at minority welfare minister S. Ahmadullah at the Collectorate a few days ago.
The minister did not dare to participated in the flag hoisting ceremony at Kadapa due to the agitation. While Diwakar Reddy proposed a Rayala-Telangana state, Union minister of state for Railways Kotla Jayasuryaprakash Reddy sought a greater Rayalaseema state and Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy a separate Rayalaseema.
Rayalaseema JAC convener G. Nagaraju observed that political leaders were speaking of their own agendas instead of standing on the single point agenda of Samaikyandhra. “We are demanding that all leaders must resign their posts and join the agitation instead of making useless statements,” he said.