About 60 journalists exploited the opportune presence of a large contingent of national and international media persons at the launch of India’s Mars mission at Sriharikota space station to relay the message that they wanted a united Andhra Pradesh.
Just before ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan and his team of scientists were to address the media on the successful launch of the PSLV that ferried Mars Orbiter, a group of journalists representing Telugu newspapers, television and online news portals began shouting jai Samaikhandhra (hail united Andhra).
Carrying posters that read ‘Do Not Divide AP, they stood in front of the podium where the scientists were briefing the press about the Mars mission.
But after making their point and content the television cameras filmed their message, the united-Andhra supporters relented and allowed the press conference to begin.
But not before a loud voice from amongst the journalists shouted for order to be restored.
Employee shutdowns and violent protests were witnessed for several days in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, the two regions that will remain of the state after a separate Telangana state will be carved out of it.