Vijayawada: The Samaikyandhra movement is gaining strength day by day, as people from all sections of the society, right from daily wage earners to eminent personalities, are voluntarily participating in the protest against the proposed division of the state.
Many believe that it is not just the thought of the state being broken up and the citizens of Andhra Pradesh, who have been living together since the past many decades, now being separated by geographical boundaries, but also due to sense of insecurity. It is widely believed that this sense of insecurity among the people of Seemandhra is leading to their voluntary participation in Samaikyandhra agitations.
People in the region are worried about the safety of their friends and relatives who have settled in the state capital and they are in a no mood to let go of Hyderabad city.
Former mayor Jandhyala Sankar opined that there was spontaneous response to Samaikyandhra movement as people are not ready to lose Hyderabad. This, he opined, was due to the fact that people from Andhra region had contributed more for the development of Hyderabad.
“The other question is: who will finance the new capital, as the cost would run into lakhs of crores of rupees. Hyderabad should be under the control of the Centre,” he said. K. Babji of Students Book Centre observed that the ongoing agitation is a movement of the people, mainly middle-class and the poor.
“As every family in the region has a bond with Hyderabad due to the presence of their family members or friends, they are insecure over allotment of Hyderabad to Telangana. This insecurity is forcing people to come out voluntarily to express their protest against state bifurcation,” Babji said.
Krishna district writers’ association general secretary G.V. Poornachand described the movement as a struggle of common man for survival. He said that the Central government hurt the sentiments of Telugu speaking people with its decision.
Sidhartha Womens College principal T. Vijayalakshmi said that the students are worried about their future. She said that they fear that they would be considered ‘non-locals’ in their own state.
Ms Vijayalakshmi said all that the Central educational institutions are in Hyderabad and students feel that they would be deprived opportunities. Not just the educated, but farmers too are feeling insecure and fear water disputes in the future.
Rytanga samakya president Yerneni Nagendranath said that Krishna delta depends on rainfall at present as the government failed to release water in time though the reservoirs are full.
“As the situation is alarming even before the state has been split, imagine the plight of farmers after bifurcation,” he said. The delta would turn into a rain fed area, Nagendranath added.
Das, a mason, expressed doubts over the safety of his children living in Hyderabad, after the state bifurcation. “We are not ready to lose Hyderabad city,” he said.