Nellore: Unprecedented turnout marked the ‘Atmakur Arupu’ rally held under the auspices of Employees JAC at Atmakur on Saturday.
The attendance crossed all the estimates of the organisers. Students of different schools, colleges and engineering colleges marched towards the venue in large numbers raising slogans against the division of the state.
Similarly, farmers and women from nearby villages also bee-lined to Atmakur to take part in the programme.
The cultural programmes and skits presented by students received applause from the huge crowd. NGOs, Teachers and JACs’ of different employees unions were present in large numbers.
Atmakur DSP Rajamahendra Nayak has personally supervised the security arrangements.
Speaking on the occasion, district revenue officer B. Rami Reddy dwelt at length on the attachment of Seemandhra people with Hyderabad and their bond with the city. He observed that the future of the students of Seemandhra will be at stake if state is divided since Hyderabad is hub for education and a paradise with respect to employment opportunities for jobless youth.
AP NGOs’ Association Nellore unit president C. Ravindra Babu said that the employees are committed for the cause of state unity and they will not relent until the proposal to divide the state is dropped. JAC leader Javed also spoke.
Additional joint collector Ch. Penchal Reddy, chief planning officer P.B.K. Murthy and district educational officer M. Ramalingam were present among other officials.