Telugu NRIs join Amaravati farmers’ protest against trifurcation of AP capital

South India

Telugus from Andhra Pradesh settled in various parts of the world expressed their solidarity with the people of Amaravati protesting against the YSRCP government’s move to trifurcate the state capital as the agitation entered the 200th day on Saturday, July 4.

Holding placards and candles and raising slogans, NRIs staged protests in major cities across the world, urging the state government to withdraw the move and continue developing Amaravati as the only state capital, said an IANS report.

The diaspora took to the streets in response to the call by Jayaram Komati, a prominent NRI in the US. Telugu NRIs from the United States Ireland, Kuwait, South Africa, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and other countries have come forward to voice their solidarity with the slogan ''Don''t Kill Amaravati, Build Amaravati''.

According to leaders of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the idea was to express solidarity in 200 cities all over the world to mark the 200th day of the movement but in the US itself, NRIs have joined the solidarity event from more than 230 cities and the global number went up to 300.

Women, men, children, elderly all expressed their support to the cause. The rulers were stunned to see such a massive support to Amaravati cause, said Jayaram Komati.

Residents of 29 villages at Amaravati, who are spearheading the protests, have vowed to continue on the occasion. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the villagers continued the protest from their homes. They raised slogans like 'Save Amaravati' and 'One State - One Capital', according to an ANI report.

The villagers said that they have sacrificed 34,000 acres of their fertile lands for the sake of state capital and the better future of the next generations. They also expressed their fear that if capital is decentralized, the future of the upcoming generation would be "jeopardized".

Speaking on the eve of the 200th day of the protests, Telugu Desam Party president and former chief minister Chandra Babu Naidu said that the three capitals idea was borne from whims and fancies of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

Naidu launched a hashtag campaign under the title '200 Days Of Amaravati Protests' on the occasion to mobilise support from the people to the protestors. He saluted the indomitable spirit of the farmers who have chosen the path of protest to not let the "authoritarian" government put the future of the state at risk.

"The fight will continue and the Telugu Desam will march shoulder to shoulder with the protesting farmers until Amaravati is reinstated as the only capital just as the Chief Minister promised in the assembly when he was in the opposition," said the TDP chief (with inputs from agencies)

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