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Pro-Telangana protagonists obstruct the 'Rachabanda' programme at several places
Only a handful of leaders accompany Minister for Major Irrigation Sudarshan Reddy during his visits
NIZAMABAD: The much-publicised ‘Rachabanda' programme could cut no ice with people in the district as a majority of elected representatives from all political parties stayed away from it.
As the programme is being conducted amid tight security and local people are being restricted to approach the officials and Minister for Major Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy to apprise them of their woes, there are few takers for ‘Rachabanda'.
Besides, it is being marred at several places with chaos created by Telangana protagonists with their slogans.
Protest demonstrations by students, Telangana activists and Mahila JAC members at the ‘Rachabanda' and their subsequent arrests have become the order of the day ever since the 16-day programme was launched on January 24.
At many places the programme was concluded abruptly after passing resolutions in favour of separate Telangana, while at some places it turned out to be mere formality.
Notwithstanding the protests, Mr. Sudarshan Reddy is determined to carry on and is taking part in the programmes.
He is accompanied by Zilla Parishad vice-chairman Taher Bin Hamdan, District Congress Committee (DCC) president Gadugu Gangadhar and a couple of ruling party leaders.
In certain programmes in Balkonda and Armoor Assembly constituencies, former Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy participated along with the Irrigation Minister.
Among those who abstained from the ‘Rachabanda' included MPs Madhu Goud Yaskhi and Suresh Kumar Shetkar, Zilla Parishad chairman K. Venkatramana Reddy, MLCs Arkala Narsa Reddy (TDP) and B. Mohan Reddy, MLAs Mandava Venkateswar Rao, Gampa Govardhan and A. Annapoornamma (all TDP).
Except Jukkal MLA Hanmanth Shinde all the TDP MLAs stayed away from the programme.
Mr. Shinde made his presence stating that many people in his constituency had no ration cards. Banswada MLA and former Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy already quit the TDP and has been active in the Telangana movement. The programme tuned out to be a damp squib in his Assembly constituency with people staging widespread protests.
Nizamabad (Urban) MLA Y. Lakshminarayana on the first day itself made it clear that he was boycotting Rachabanda in favour Telangana.
Even the Mandal Praja Parishad presidents, ZPTC members, MPTC members and the sarpanches kept away fearing the flak from pro-Telangana activists.
In this backdrop, the official machinery finds it difficult to conduct it smoothly and is waiting for its conclusion as early as possible.
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