Visakhapatnam: Protests against Centre’s decision to divide the state continued on Tuesday as well.
Over 300 students of AU launched a hunger strike at the main gate Monday midnight. AU V-C Prof. G.S.N. Raju appealed to the students to withdraw the stir but to no avail.
In a bid to keep the state united, Rajya Sabha member Dr T. Subbarami Reddy met AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday and appealed to him to maintain status quo.
He reportedly briefed Singh about the ongoing stir by various sections of people in Visakhapatnam and also about the fast-unto-death by Congress Bheemili MLA M. Srinivasa Rao at Tagarapuvalasa from Sunday.
Digvijay Singh, who immediately responded, made a phone call to the protesting legislator to withdraw the hunger strike. He also assured the MLA of an amicable solution to the problem. But, Rao did not budge and said he would continue the strike respecting people’s feelings.
However, late in the evening, police, in a bid to foil the fast, shifted the MLA to a hospital in Tagarapuvalasa where the legislator is continuing with his hunger strike.
Further, Dr Reddy also met other members of the Antony Committee including Ahmed Patel and Veerappa Moily and requested them to respect the sentiments of Seemandhra people.
Meanwhile, Samaikyandhra activists took out rallies in the city on Tuesday too. Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association continued with its relay hunger strike at the NGO Home on the fifth day. Additional joint collector Y. Narasimha Rao, special deputy collector M.A. Sharif, Visakhapatnam RDO Ch. Rangaiah and others took part in protest.
KGH lab technicians, revenue staff and women employees from various departments also took part in the strike. APNGOs leader S. Nagewara Reddy and local association president K. Eswara Rao said they would intensify the agitation.