Konathala asks women to send protest Rakhis to PM for evading special status to AP

Former MP and YSR Congress Party leader Konathala Ramakrishna on Tuesday appealed to all Telugu women-folk across the world to send “protest-Rakhis” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of “Rakhsha Bandhan” against non-implementation of AP Reorganization Act of 2014 and assurances given by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014 to bifurcate then united Andhra Pradesh State.


In a press release here, the YSRCP leader stated, “Rakhi is a sacred thread. Women and girls tie Rakhis on this day to their brothers symbolizing their love and prayers for their brother’s well-being. The tying of the Rakhi also means the brother’s lifelong promise to protect her at all times against any evil”. Women and girls protesting with Rakhis on Rakhsha Bandhan will be immensely significant in seeking a “brother” Narendra Modi’s protection to bifurcated AP and backward regions of Uttarandhra and Rayalaseema regions.


“Every Telugu woman and girl may use social networks like Twitter and Face book to take part in the #Rakhi Protest. I appeal to them to send protest Rakhis with an hash tag #Rakhiprotest to Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s Twitter handle @narendramodi, @PMOIndia and www.facebook.com/narendramodi”, he added.


The former MP reminded that residual AP has been promised special category status at the time of bifurcation in 2014. “This is literally the lifeline of the divided part of State, which has lost enormously during bifurcation. Another lifeline is the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project, which is facing severe neglect despite being declared a national project. Besides, Uttarandhra and Rayalaseema regions were promised Special Financial Package. Uttarandhra was promised that Visakhapatnam would be a Railway Zone, which means that it would provide jobs and prosperity to the backward region. It was also promised a Tribal University. Even after two years, nothing has happened except some namesake announcements, he said.


Konathala stated, “Different “Protest Rakhis” have been designed. They can download the protest Rakhis from My Twitter handle, @konathalaramak1 or from My Face book. You may also design your own Protest Rakhis and evolve your own hash tags to voice your protest. I request you to also use hash tags along with your tweets and posts”. (NSS)