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72-hr bandh ends peacefully

DC | 29th Aug 2013
Private bus operators take out a rally in Anantapur on Wednesday expressing solidarity to Samaikyandhra agitation.	        — DC
Private bus operators take out a rally in Anantapur on Wednesday expressing solidarity to Samaikyandhra agitation. — DC

Anantapur: The Samaikyandhra agitation completed one month on Wednesday in the district.

The roads of Anantapur and other mandal headquarters towns were blocked by activists ever since the decision on bifurcation was taken by the Congress Working Committee.

JACTO agitators blocked the 20-point programme committee chairman Tulasi Reddy at the venue near the tehsildar office on Wednesday when he tried to express solidarity with the teachers who were staging protests.

The teachers demanded that Tulasi Reddy should quit the Congress and join the agitation.

However, he returned without addressing the activists. Tulasi Reddy participated at a seminar at the press club and said that division could be stopped by intensifying the agitation.

He called upon all sections to mount pressure on the Centre against the bifurcation which would badly affect drought-hit areas like Anantapur district.

“Anantapur would have to face shortage of even drinking water if the state is divided,” he warned.

Tulasi Reddy went to a ‘ganji kendram,’ symbolic of the drought at the press club and consumed gruel.

The 72-hour bandh concluded on Wednesday evening as activists closed roads.

Autorickshaws and four-wheelers were also not allowed on the roads.

Samaikyandhra activists had lodged a complaint against revenue minister N. Raghuveera Reddy at the Lepakshi police station for not being seen since the agitation was launched in the district. A group of protesters said that the minister was missing.

SC, ST, BC and minority leaders took a bath on the main road near the tehsildar office demanding that the Centre should withdraw the decision to bifurcate the state.

Ladies Club members, Anantapur Municipal Corporation employees and advocates took part in the Kagadas rally at the Clock Tower and Sapthagiri Circle.

Four YSR Congress activists staged a fast-unto-death at the Clock Tower in Anantapur.
 

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