Comrade Ravela Somayya informed me on phone today that the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Sapta Kranti Vichar Yatra left Andhra Pradesh today morning to proceed to Maharashtra. In Andhra Pradesh, the yatris visited Nellore, Guntur, Vijaywada, Khammam, Warangal, Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Adilabad. They addressed two meetings a day, thus covering ten meetings. A large number of old socialists, some of them above 70 years of age who had seen J.P. and Lohia, gathered in these meetings.
In Nellore, the students of the local college received the yatris, heard their songs, witnessed the nukkar natak and held discussions. In Khammam, a meeting was held in the local post graduate Centre. The local M.P., Shri Nageshwar Rao who is the TDP parliamentary party leader in Lok Sabha, was with the yatris and made all arrangements for their stay. In Adilabad, there was a well attended meeting of the lawyers.
While in Hyderabad, Sharad Pittie, son of the famous socialist leader and publisher of Dr. Lohia’s writings Badri Vishal Pittie, donated fifty thousand rupees for the yatra expenses. Comrade Ravela Somayya gave Dr. Lohia’s books in Hindi worth ten thousand rupees.
Com. Somayya has brought out a book on Dr. Lohia in Telugu and plans to publish another book next month.
After the conclusion of the yatris’ visit to the southern states, Dr. Sunilam, overwhelmed by the response, suggested that a South India conference of all socialist comrades should be held in Hyderabad or Bangalore. Comrade Somayya feels that Bangalore will be better as it is situated in the centre.