With reports that the central government would make an announcement on Telangana issue at any time, activists fighting for the united Andhra Pradesh decided to intensify their agitation against the state bifurcation and are expressing their protest in different forms.
While students of various educational institutes took out a massive rally and formed a human chain at the busy town club circle, advocates decided to boycott their duties for the next three days for the cause of Samaikyandhra in Tirupati on Wednesday.
Describing the Telangana movement as a drama by the political ‘unemployees’ of that region, leaders of Samaikyandhra Parirakshana Samithi (SAPS) wanted the Centre not to ruin the future by succumbing to the pressure from the Telanganites.
Rubbishing the argument of the Telangana leaders that they are seeking separate statehood only on the grounds of self-respect, the SAPS leaders questioned as to whether the Centre would divide the nation into two parts - North India and South India - for the same reason.
Meanwhile, the intellectuals meeting jointly convened by SAPS and Sri Venkateswara University Teachers Association (SVUTA) at SVU Arts block auditorium strongly opposed the state bifurcation.
“We have already sacrificed two state capital cities Chennai and Kurnool during the formation of Andhra and Andhra Pradesh respectively and we are not ready to sacrifice another capital city Hyderabad at this juncture,’’ said Sri Krishnadevaraya University former vice-chancellor K Venkata Reddy.
Professors including Srikanth Reddy, Krishnamohan Reddy, Balaji, Abdul Sathar and others also expressed strong objection over the state bifurcation.
On the occasion the meeting also made some resolutions to intensify the movement for the cause of unified state. The resolutions include that Centre should take a decision in favour of an unified state during the meet on July 12, to organise bandh of educational institutions on the same day, demand for resignations of public representatives from Seemandhra region, to oppose the proposals of Rayala Telangana, separate Telangana and separate Rayalaseema, to decentralise industries from Hyderabad along with developing other cities like Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Kurnool and Ongole.