Massive rally marks eighth day of Telangana stir

The public in Warangal are feeling the heat of the ongoing Sakala Janula Samme with the public transport staying off the road for the second consecutive day and power cuts becoming longer as the strike is progressing.

On Tuesday in Warangal town, power supply was cut for about four to six hours in the whole day, with several areas bearing brunt. Power supply to irrigation pump sets was also hampered causing panic among farmers.

Sources said the coal stocks at the 500 megawatts capacity Kakatiya Thermal Power Station at Chelpur of Ghanpur mandal reached low level hitting power generation hard.

On the other hand, the Singareni Collieries Company Limited coal fields at Bhupalpalli in the district have been suffering a loss of Rs 2 crore per day. By Tuesday the loss was said to have reached Rs. 16 crores.

The academic activity in the district too is affected as educational institutions, both private and the government, are not being operated. Classes at private schools in Warangal have been cancelled till September 24. A massive rally by about 50, 000 members of different employees’ organisations and political parties through the main fares of the town stood as highlight of the day’s protests and also displayed the fighting spirit of the Telangana agitators.

The Joint Action Committee leader P Subba Rao who addressed a massive gathering at Martyrs Memorial said that a one-day relay-hunger strike would be held across the district on Wednesday at all the government offices as part of the Sakala Janula Samme.

The Warangal (West) MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhasker strongly condemned the comments by Congress leader Ms. Renuka Chowdary against the Telangana agitation. “It is awful to cause insult to the fighting spirit of Telangana people by her comments passing from New Delhi.”

He challenged the Congress leader to come and visit the villages of Telangana in order to have a firsthand information of the movement. “People here may believe her misguiding comments,” he said and warned her not to resort to making such comments in the future. [HANS India]

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