Anantapur/Kadapa/Kurnool: National flags measuring hundreds of feet have become a part of the Samaikyandhra agitation in various parts of the region.
Normal life was hit on the 38th consecutive day of the protest as protests intensified in all parts of Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts as people came on to the roads to express solidarity with the APNGOs Association meeting scheduled on Saturday at Hyderabad to mount pressure on the Centre against dividing the state.
In Kadapa, the Aryavysya Sangham held a demonstration with a nearly 900-feet long national flag. Students from various institutions, traders, teachers and SHG women took part in the demo. The 7-Roads junction of Kadapa was covered with the national flag to symbolise the unity among the protesters.
The procession organised by the joint action committee at Madakas-ira in Anantapur district had a nearly 600 ft long national flag. Thousands of activists- teachers, NGOs, SHG women, traders and various sections of people - joined the procession shouting slogans for a united AP.
The Madakasira JAC led the mega procession demanding that the Centre scrap the move to divide the state.
In Kurnool district, Betamcherla, a small mandal headquarters, became the venue for a mega procession with the national flag by the Betamcherla mandal JAC on Friday. A nearly 350-feet long national flag was displayed during the procession by the students, SHG women, NGOs and teachers of Betamcherla mandal.
Kurnool DCC chief V. Ramaiah alleged that TD chief N. Chandrababu Naidu was playing cheap tricks to make political gains in Seemandhra instead of giving a letter favoring a united state.
The teachers JAC demonstrated begging on the main roads of Anantapur protesting against ministers and MLAs, who were enjoying their posts instead of quitting for Samaikyandhra.
JACTO leader K. Harikrishna alleged that teachers, NGOs and RTC employees were on an indefinite strike since one month against the move to carve out Telangana.
“The representatives have no concern about the agitation,” he said.
The protesters opened a gruel distribution centre near the RDO office in Anantapur to warn about the consequences of bifurcation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles carrying AP NGOs, teachers, electricity employees and RTC employees proceeded towards Hyderabad to take part in the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday.