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Samikya Andhra Movement

Uploaded by msnarayana on Sep 14, 2013

Samaikya Andhra Movement or Samaikyandhra Udyamam (Telugu: సమైక్యాంధ్ర ఉద్యమము; United Andhra Movement) is a people's movement organized to keep the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh united, and to prevent the division of the state - separating the Telangana districts of the state into a separate Telangana state.[1][2][3] This movement also referred as anti-Telangana movement.[4]

The Samaikya Andhra movement is supported by students from 14 universities, advocates, government employees in Andhra & Rayalaseema regions along with various religious, caste and occupational groups. The movement is spearheaded politically by Lagadapati Rajagopal, Member of Parliament (MP) and a Political Joint Action Committee headed by Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) S Sailajanath.[5]

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The movement took shape on 9 December 2009, when as a result of a 11-day fast by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced that the Indian government would start the process of forming a separate Telangana state pending the introduction and passage of a separation resolution in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. The announcement resulted in widespread protests across Andhra and Rayalseema regions.

In the Indian Parliament, MPs belonging to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) & Congress parties along with Jagan Mohan Reddy protested by holding placards favoring a United Andhra Pradesh state.[6] Lagadapati Rajagopal began an indefinite hunger strike demanding that the state be kept united. His strike received support from leaders and activists of all political parties and several elected representatives and leaders of the Congress went on a relay hunger strike extending their support to the MP.[7]

Students, workers, lawyers & various organizations in the regions launched agitations and peaceful demonstrations (dharnas) demanding that the state be kept united.[8] MLAs from these regions also submitted their resignations in protest seeking a reversal of the home minister's statement.[9] Two activists also allegedly committed suicide in protest against the division of the state.[10]

TDP leaders including MLAs Devineni Uma and Paritala Sunitha, who were on a fast-unto-death as an act of protest in Vijayawada, Ananthapur, Guntur, Ongole etc. were arrested and forcibly shifted by the police to hospitals. However, these leaders continued their strike by refusing medical treatment. In Kadapa, late CM YSR's brother and Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy also fasted in support of united Andhra accompanied by his wife and followers who sat on a relay hunger strike. Another Congress leader who was fasting was also forcibly taken to...

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Uploaded by:   msnarayana

Date:   09/14/2013

Category:   Creative Writing

Length:   44 pages (9,960 words)

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