Efforts on to strengthen united AP movement

Efforts on to strengthen united AP movement

While Praja Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi made the move by calling on the protesters’ camps of the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party in Visakhapatnam, in Hyderabad, government whip Sailajanath has called for a meeting of MLAs of the two regions belonging to all parties on Tuesday. The PRP will attend the meeting. The TDP has also been invited, but it is not clear if they have accepted the invitation.

Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader K Chandrashekhar Rao will launch a bus yatra on Monday to mobilise and express support for the Telangana demand.

On Friday, the TDP, which has not formally announced its policy on the issue, began a bus yatra from Anantapur to Srikakulam while Chiranjeevi is on a peace tour, both of which are in support of the ongoing agitation in support of a unified Andhra Pradesh.

At least five coastal and Rayalaseema districts observed a two-day bundh that began on Saturday.  Relay hunger strikes, road blockades and demonstrations were held in support of a united AP as part of the bundh in Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari, Guntur and Anantapur districts.

The police said the bundh was peaceful in all the districts, including Anantapur which saw violent clashes between students and the police a few days ago. Protestors stopped trains in both regions as part of rail roko in several railway stations.
However, protests broke out in Vijayawada after Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, who is on an indefinite hunger strike for the past five days, was forcibly admitted to hospital by the police in the early hours of Saturday. 

Raising anti-Telangana slogans, scores of Congress workers led by two former ministers M Buddhaprasad and Devineni Rajasekhar resorted to road blockades in different parts of the city and on NH-5 disrupting  traffic. Rajagopal was arrested and admitted to hospital as his condition started to deteriorate. He, however, continued his fast in the hospital.