Hyderabad: A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, huge hoardings saying 'Modi No Entry' and 'Modi Never Again' along with his pictures have come up on the way from the Gannavaram airport to Vijayawada. The hoardings have been put up by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in protest against Modi. TDP has also directed its party workers to stage protests across Guntur and Vijayawada with black flags during the prime minister’s visit.
“We are conducting the protest against Modi for not cooperating and cheating the people of AP and also for not implementing the Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation Act. Our party workers have also been asked to wear black and protest at all major roads on Sunday. They have been asked to put up black flags in their homes as well, so that the mark of protest can be seen from afar," according to a senior TDP leader.
Besides, TDP supremo and AP chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will also conduct a one-day ‘Deeksha’ in New Delhi on Monday to demand special category status for AP. The state government has even booked two special trains, which will carry about 2,000 TDP workers, people’s organisation members and caste associations to the national capital to participate in the ‘Deeksha’. The two trains will leave from Srikakulam and Anantapur districts.
“Workers particularly in Guntur and Vijayawada have been asked to put black flags in their homes. The chief minister even said that they should use old sarees if needed. The clearance for Modi’s visit was given by the special protection group on 8 February for the meeting titled ‘Praja Chaitanya Sabha’, which will be held at the Etukuru bypass near Guntur city on Sunday," said the senior TDP leader quoted above.