Throwing their weight behind APNGOs, representatives of voluntary organisations, political parties and advocates held a meeting to chalk out their future course on Sunday. This meeting, which was held under the banner of newly launched Samaikya Rastra Parirakshana Vedika (SRVP) focused on giving direction to the ongoing agitation, which will be organising a public meeting right in Hyderabad, the bone of contention for the people of the two regions. Besides garnering support from politicians and employees, the next step would be to invite the IT employees and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs). The time and date for the meeting in the Capital will be announced shortly.
:: The Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika ::
The president of APNGOs, P Ashok Babu expressed happiness that teachers from across Seemandhra would be part of the stir from August 22. Welcoming people without political affiliations, he said that leaders from Congress and TDP were voluntarily taking part in the agitation.
V Laxmana Reddy, convenor, SRVP, said that if the MPs and MLAs did not resign people would not vote them in the next elections. He said that as every other organisation was part of this agitation, a huge public meeting would be held in Hyderabad shortly. As part of his contribution to the ongoing agitation, Ghazal Srinivas, with the help of several artistes, would be organising a day’s camp for musicians and singers in Sabita Women’s Junior College in Palakollu on August 27. The camp would be attended by about 400 artists.
J Ravi Shankar, Advocate, High Court, recalled that lawyers were always in the forefront of the struggle, be it was independence or later unification of the state. “Hundreds of employees working for courts are joining the struggle”, he said. He questioned as to how the government can invoke ESMA. “It will only worsen the crisis, thereby pushing the state of affairs under Governor’s rule”, he added.