Farmers demonstrate against denial of accommodation

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Braving the sidewalks, Amaravati farmers continued their long march towards Tirupati from Marupur village in SPSR Nellore district on Wednesday.

Tension gripped Marupur for over an hour as farmers, led by Amaravati Parirakshana Samiti, host A.Siva Reddy, staged a road blockade on the Marupur-Podalakur road to protest the denial of accommodation allegedly at the behest of the ruling YSR Congress party and the removal of vehicles carrying religious symbols from some minority communities by the police.

Later they resumed their mahapadayatra on the 31st day at Podalakur, covering a distance of 11 km. The group of 157 farmers, half of whom were women, cooked by the roadside along the way.

Meanwhile, the women claimed that the portable toilets had been removed. In response to the alleged mistreatment, the farmers said, “What sin have we committed? We took padayatra only to pour out our misfortunes on the people after sacrificing our land for the cause of the state.

“We are not on a long march for political gains,” said Raypati Sailaja, head of the Amaravati Parirakshana committee.

Telugu Desam party Politburo member Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and BJP leader S.Suresh Reddy were among those who expressed solidarity with the troubled reports from the capital region.

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