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Rallies, silent marches mark protests against desecration of statues

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State urged to take steps to stop such acts of vandalism


Representatives of various cultural and literary organisations participating in a silent march organised by Jana Vignana Vedika at Lenin Centre in Vijayawada on Friday. (Right) Samaykhyandhra Samrakshana Samiti leaders performing "Khseerabhishekam" to statue of Sri Sri.

VIJAYAWADA: Political activists, lovers of art and literature, social activists, elected representatives, journalists and several others representing a cross section of society on Friday came out in unison against the desecration of statues of eminent Telugu personalities on Tank Bund in Hyderabad by pro-Telangana elements and attacks on media persons during ‘Million March' on Thursday.

Taking out of rallies and silent marches, organising of press conferences and submission of memorandums to the officials were some of the activities through which the collective anguish against the Tank Bund incidents was articulated.

The day began with a procession taken out by Samaikyandhra Political JAC (Krishna district unit) to the sub-collector's office, in which representatives of all political parties took part. They submitted a memorandum to district Collector Peeyush Kumar to register their protest against the desecration of the statues.

The delegation, included former Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu, city Congress president Pyla Sominaidu, Telugu Desam Party leader Tumati Premnath, Samaikyandhra Samrakshana Samiti leader Naraharisetti Srihari and others. They demanded that the Government take all preventive measures to stop such acts of vandalism in the name of a movement without any regard for principles of mutual respect. Mr. Sivaji and Mr. Premnath deplored the behaviour of leaders of the separate state movement, who, they said, stood mute witness to the entire episode .


The Samaikyandhra Samrakshana Samithi organised another programme at Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram when its activists purified with milk the bust size statue of poet Sri Sri. Samiti leaders Naraharisetti Srihari, Konijeti Ramesh and others organised the “Ksheerabhishekam”.

Mr. Srihari said the leaders of united AP movement would not keep silent if attempts were continued to hurt the pride and self-respect of the people here. Samaikyandhra Samrakshana Samithi later organised formation of human chain at Kaleswara Rao market centre in One Town, where Konijeti Ramesh said the Telangana leaders, who claimed to lead the movement in Gandhian way, had proved that they could run it only in the manner of Godse. Congress MLA Jogi Ramesh at a press conference condemned the Tank Bund incidents and demanded that TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana JAC chairman P. Kodandaram should be externed from the State.

Another impressive rally was taken out by the activists of Jana Vignana Vedika under the leadership of State secretariat member Velaga Srinivas and district general secretary V. Murali Mohan from Lenin Centre to Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram. Members of other cultural and literary organisations like Sahithi Sravanthi and Praja Natya Mandali joined the protest march. They carried the pictures of eminent litterateurs Sri Sri, Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Chowdary, Annamayya and Kuchipudi exponent Siddhendra Yogi. All of them decried the desecration of statues, saying the likes of Gurazada Appa Rao, Sri Sri, Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Chowdary did not belong to any one region or group. Media persons under the banner of AP Union of Working Journalists (Krishna urban unit) took out another rally from Press Club and staged a dharna at sub-collector's office. Decrying the attacks on media persons and damaging of equipment belonging to various media houses, the journalists said the leadership of Telangana movement must accept responsibility for the incidents. Telugu Desam Party urban activists Yerneni Veda Vyas, Gogineni Dhanasekhar, S. Ravindra Varma, Lukka Sairam Prasad and others performed Ksheerabhishekam to the statue of Mother Teresa at Siddhartha College and lit candles in a symbolic prayer to “dispel the darkness that has set in Andhra Pradesh.”

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