The agitation for united Andhra Pradesh got a boost today with Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi announcing his resignation as an MLA and support to the campaign, as fast-unto-death by several other leaders continued across coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
"In deference to the wishes of majority of the people, the PRP will henceforth stand for a unified Andhra Pradesh.We shall bring required pressure on powers that be to ensure that the state stays united," Chiranjeevi announced at a crowded press conference at the PRP headquarters here.
Chiranjeevi said the PRP took a pro-Telangana stand at the time of its formation in August last year since there was a strong clamour for a separate state.
Welcoming Chiranjeevi's decision, Congress MP L Rajagopal, who has been holding fast-unto-death in Vijayawada,
said late N T Ramarao's grandson and popular film actor Junior NTR, should also come out in support of a united Andhra
The indefinite hunger strike started by TDP legislator D Umamaheswar Rao and other party leaders entered the fifth day today.
As police tried to shift the fasting TDP legislators to the hospital, they resisted the move and locked themselves up in a government guest house.
Police forcibly shifted a few other fasting TDP leaders to hospital yesterday after their condition started
The situation at Srikrishna Devaraya University in Ananthapur, meanwhile, remained calm but tense as police continued tight security arrangements in the campus. Police had baton-charged the students following a clash a few days ago.
"We have no objection if the students take out protests peacefully. If the situation warrants we have to take action," Ananthapur District Superintendent of Police M K Singh said.
Former TDP MP K Srinivasulu alleged highhandedness by the police, who stopped a party delegation from meeting the protesting students.
Rallies, road blockades and other forms of protests were also reported from across Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions.