The 13 Seemandhra districts agitating against Andhra Pradesh bifurcation, once again erupted in protests on Monday — Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s birthday — terming it a day of betrayal.
It was on this day in 2009 that the UPA government had for the first time announced ‘steps towards formation of the Telangana state’, giving into the decade old statehood agitation and a fast taken up by TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao.
On Monday, people from Srikakulam in north coastal Andhra to Anantapur in Rayalaseema, held protest rallies burning effigies of the Congress leadership. In several places, a bandh call was given and educational, business establishments remained shut.
In Visakhapatnam, united Andhra activists disrupted a meeting held by Congress leaders to celebrate Sonia Gandhi’s birthday.
In Hyderabad, AP Non Gazetted Officers (APNGO), who are in forefront of the agitation, took out a rally near the state Secretariat. APNGOs leader Ashok Babu warned of surrounding the assembly with thousands of employees on the day Telangana bill is taken up by the House.