Seemandhra shutdown to affect Tirupati festival

Tirupati, Oct 5 (TruthDive): Seemandhra agitators blocked all routes to the Lord Balaji temple in Tirumala. The employees some of who walked half way through could reach the temple as the temple arranged buses, this too has now been stopped. The blockade, coming hours before the start of the mega event of annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, puts the entire ritual in doubt.

The temple town of Tirupati from yesterday wore a deserted look for the most part of the day with Seemandhra agitators blocking all the entry roads in and around the town as well as blocking the Tirumala ghat road at Alipiri, the only entry and exit point to and from Tirumala temple and not even a two-wheeler could pass through.

Agitators in protest against the Union Cabinet’s approval of the Telangana creation on Thursday joined the call for the 48-hour bandh, call given by the APNGOs. The seemandhra agitators gathered on the roads since early hours of Friday. They blocked roads with burnt trees and dried huge trees. Some put them onto the roads and some set them ablaze in several parts of the temple town. Almost at every 10 feet on the entire of roads in Tirupati had such bonfire.

TTD employees were not spared as they too were not allowed to go up the hills on their own vehicles by the seemandhra agitators. The TTD, which operated 10 buses for transporting its employees, was forced to withdraw the services after the agitators at Alipiri deflated the tyres.

TTD asked employees to walk up to the Ganesh temple from where buses were operated. The seemandhra agitators did allow anybody to even walk up to the hill.

YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy Saturday began an indefinite fast at 11.30 am in his party office in Hyderabad. Jagan, the MP from Kadapa sat on fast in front of the office at Lotus Pond in Jubilee Hills. Several YSRC party leaders and activists joined him on the fast.

The YSRC has received threats that pro Telangana activists would disrupt the fast. Police have made elaborate security arrangements in view of threats.

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