Anantapur: The 72-hour bandh called by United JAC had a strong impact on the district as protesters blocked even side roads on Monday. The bandh also strengthened the Samaikyandhra agitation as it reached the 27th consecutive day in the district.
Normal life was hit at all mandal headquarters, municipalities and district headquarters following the indefinite strike by the AP NGOs Association, Gazetted Officers Association and RTC employees demanding that the Centre withdraw its decision to divide the state.
The protesters closed all main roads and did not permit even two-wheelers and autorickshaws at the main centres.
No vehicle was allowed between Clock Tower and Sapthagiri Circle in Anantapur after the JACTO activists closed the road at the over bridge. Central government offices and banks remained closed on Monday. Many roads were deserted following the 72-hour bandh in the district.
The Clock Tower centre of Anantapur saw thousands of Muslim women staging a protest. They formed a human chain shouting slogans against the decision to divide the state.
Muslim women led by Congress leader Mursheeda Begum extended support to the Samaikyandhra agitation. Junior doctors led by JAC leader Adireddy Pardeshi Naidu staged a relay fast at the main gate of the general hospital demanding that the state be kept united.
The Sri Krishnadevaraya University JAC staged a protest wearing neem leaves. Dharmavaram TD in-charge G. Surayanarayana continued his fast on the third day.
In Kurnool, Bangi Anantaiah appeared like Sri Krishnadevaraya during the protest and demanded the state be kept united. Anantaiah, a former mayor, staged a protest at the DCC office. A large number of activists of the NGOs association took out a rally at the Rajvihar Centre.
RTC buses are confined to depots ever since the agitation started in the region. The NH-44 appeared deserted following the bandh and highway blockade. Advocates took out a protest rally against the attack on Seemandra advocates at the APNGO Bhavan in Hyderabad by Telangana activists.
Protesters stopped Telugu Desam MLA K.E. Prabhakar at Pathikonda protesting against his comments about the agitation. However, the MLA sought an apology. In Kadapa, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s fast rocked all parts of the district after YSR Congress MLAs K. Sreenivasulu, Amarnath Reddy and others staged protests at their headquarters on Monday.
Pulivendula constituency witnessed a bandh called by YSRC leaders. YSRC activists staged relay fasts at many centres expressing solidarity with party president Jagan Mohan Reddy’s fast unto death at the Chanchalaguda prison in Hyderabad.
Katasani too goes on fast to support Jagan
Anantapur: Congress MLA Katasani Rami Reddy representing Banaganipalli in Kurnool district has quit the Congress in protest against the unilateral decision of the high command to divide the state.
Katasani Rami Reddy had also staged an indefinite fast in support of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy who has been fasting from Sunday protesting against the move to divide the state, at the Potti Sreeramulu centre in Banaganipalli on Monday.
It may be noted that Katasani Rami Reddy, who is a former legislator of Praja Rajyam planned to shift loyalties to Jagan a year ago. But, he withdrew the decision and continued in the Congress after the merger of the PR led by Chiranjeevi.
However, the dissident MLA has quit the party accusing the Congress of dividing the state. K. Rami Reddy had tendered his resignation on July 31 soon after the decision of the CWC to carve out Telangana.
Rami Reddy quit the Congress on Monday and announced his decision to shift his loyalties towards the YSR Congress. He took out a procession from his residence and started a fast unto death at the Potti Sreeramulu statue.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the YSR Congress was the only party in the state that has taken a decision to support the Samaikyandhra agitation. He said TD chief N. Chandrababu Naidu had lost his image in both the regions due to his selfish moves.