Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Amaravati farmers launch Maha Paadayatra

  • The trek will last for 45 days, will cover 503 km
  • Plan to travel 12-14 km in two instalments daily.
  • All political parties support, except YCP.
  • TJAC founder Prof. Kodandaram extends support.

Amaravati: The Amaravati farmers’ Maha Paadayatra in the name of ‘Court to Temple’ started in Tulluru. Before the start of the Paadayatra, pujas were performed for the idols of the Goddess of Justice. The farmers formed 20 committees and appointed those responsible for the smooth running of the expedition. The 503.3 km journey was initially planned to be held in 32 days but was later extended to 45 days

Single capital

In addition to the slogan of a single capital, local farmers and women have been agitating for months demanding full justice for those who sacrificed their lands for capital.

On the first day of November 1, the farmers will trek 12.9 km from Tulluru to Tadikonda. On the first day, the padayatra continues from Tulluru to Tadikonda. From Tulluru to Tadikonda, Guntur to Amravati Road, Pulladigunta, Etukuru, Pratipada, Pedanandipad, Ongole, Tanguturu, Singarayakonda, Kavali, Nellore, Kovur, Venkatagiri, Srikalahasti, Renigunta, Tirupati, via Tirupati to Alipiri Tirumala) Yatra arrives.

Interfaith prayers followed before the start of yatra. The expedition was undertaken for the preservation of Amaravati as the only capital. The walk was attended by a large number of farmers, women and leaders of various political parties.

The trek will last for a total of 45 days. The expedition will cover 70 major villages in Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts and will end on December 17 in Tirupati. Opposition parties have expressed support for the Amravati farmers’ march. Earlier, DGP Gautam Sawang had denied permission for the Maha Paadayatra. As the farmers approached the High Court, permission was granted for the pilgrimage.

TJAC Founder Prof. Kodandaram extends support

Amaravati farmers JAC leaders met Telangana Jana Samathi founder Prof. Kodandaram in Vijayawada. Kodandaram came to Vijayawada to attend an event. JAC leaders gave an invitation letter and Kodandaram responded positively to the invitation and promised that he will participate in the yaatra one day in coming days.

It is not right for the State Government to take decisions to shift the Capital from Amaravati without involvement of farmers. There is much need to discuss with the farmers to solve the problem, the government should take care of their plight, Kodandaram said.

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