As expected, the situation is turning hot in Seemandhra region with the Congress high command poised to take a decision on Telangana.
As the indications point to a decision in favour of Telangana, students are spilling onto roads, protesting against possible creation of a separate state.
In almost all Seemandhra districts, life is likely to be paralysed on Saturday with students and employees calling total bandh tomorrow.
The Joint Action Committee units of students and employees began protests and said they would be enforcing bandh in all the districts.
In the afternoon, there was mild tension in Anantapur when students tried to damage vehicles, the police arrested about 100 demonstrators. At Srikantham Circle they torched the central government in effigy.
In Guntur, students laid siege to the residence of Lok Sabha member Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, demanding that he resign in support of the united Andhra Pradesh cause. In Eluru in West Godavari district, AP NGO leaders threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the central government took a decision to divide the state.
They demanded that all people’s representatives from Andhra and Rayalaseema should resign. In case they did not do so, employees and students would lay siege to their residences on July 29.
At the Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, students and members of the Employees Joint Action Committee organised a protest demanding that people’s representatives should quit their positions and take a plunge into the movement for keeping the state united.