Rajahmundry: Minister for stamps and registration Thota Narasimham along with the protagonists of Samaikyandhra released doves into the air in a symbolic gesture seeking peace and no hatred between the people from Seemandhra and Telangana regions over the proposed bifurcation of the state.
A large number of people from a cross section of the society gathered on the NH-16 and virtually laid seize to it affecting the traffic for several hours at Gandepalli in East Godavari.
Non-gazetted officers, teachers, Dwcra women, students, traders and several others took part in the stir and raised slogans for Samaikyandhra. Several of them played games while some performed dance and even tribal dance. All religion prayers were organised.
Addressing the gathering, minister Thota Narasimham called upon all those who want the state to remain united to wage a relentless war against the Congress leadership until it withdraws its proposal to bifurcate the state. He advocated peaceful protests.
Kakinada rural MLA K. Kanna Babu stated that people from coastal Andhra and Rayalasee-ma regions were taking part in the stir spontaneously and advised the Congress leadership to take note of it.
In Rajahmundry, local MLA Routhu Suryaprakasa Rao and his supporters took out a silent rally with their mouths gagged with black cloth from Kotipalli bus stand to Kotagummam centre. They paid tributes to the statue of Potti Sriramulu.
Speaking on the occasion, the legislator vowed that they were ready for any sacrifice to keep the state united. State municipal commissioners association president and municipal corporation commissioner Dr V. Rajendra Prasad joined the relay hunger strike being taken up by the civic employees along with other officials while RDO M. Venugopal Reddy and others visited the camp and extended their solidarity.
Meanwhile, Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika, a forum which was floated comprising JACs of NGOs, APSRTC, lawyers, judicial service employees, municipal employees, student unions and others, called for city bandh on August 28 and 29. It is organising a public meeting at Pushkar ghat on August 30.
YSRC leaders organised Gopuja with a demand for the state to remain united.