Hyderabad: The Jubilee Hills MLA and late P Janardhan Reddy’s son, Mr P Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, has said that he too was supporting the Telangana cause, but not the destruction of statues of veterans.
Speaking to the media, after participating in a ‘peace rally’, organised jointly by the intellectuals and the Jana Chaitanya Vedika, on Tank Bund here on Sunday protesting against the toppling of the statues, Mr Vishnu Vardhan Reddy said that it was not correct on the part of the agitators to topple the statues of great personalities of Telugu.
Some of the poets belonging to Seemandhra region, in the name of Telugu Bhasha Parirakshana Samithi, has organised a ‘silent demonstration’ at Pothana statue. The other section of the poets has organised poetess Molla’s birthday celebrations at her statue on Tank Bund on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Prajarajyam former leader Mr Parakala Prabhakar said, “we offered tribute to all the statues and also apologies for the vandalism that took place on March 10.” Poet and film lyricist Mr Jonnavithula Ramalingeswara Rao said, “even ten lakh bulls were to march down the Tank Bund road, they would not cause any harm to the statues of these great personalities”. Telugu Poet and scholar Mr Garikapati Narasimha Rao said, “we have nothing to do with separate statehood demand.
They can obtain statehood, we have nothing to do with it. Our concern is about the vandalism of the statues of these legends who are a property of the nation”.
The participants of the programmes have demanded the government to reinstall the statues with the money of TRS, and not with government money. They said that it was sad that the statues of Srikrishna Devarayalu and Brahma Naidu ere destroyed, though both have no relation with regionalism. Taking serious objection at the Telangana agitators confining to only apologies, they questioned as to how it was justifiable to demolish the statues of great poets.
They demanded the government to ensure that such incidents were not repeated in future. Condemning the act of toppling the statues, the Jana Chaitanya Vedika has said that the act of Telangana agitators had dishonored the Telugu luminaries. (NSS)