Students' organisations of the Osmania University condemned the government's decision to shift the Secretariat to TB & Chest Hospital premises at Erragadda, and the latter to Vikarabad, saying that it would deprive many people of medical and health services.
At a roundtable organised on Friday, the student leaders also spoke against the Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, using public money to fulfil private vows made to various temples.
Adapa Ramu from the Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) said city's architecture represented composite culture, thanks to the amalgam of different styles, and imposing vaastu beliefs on it was anti-secular in nature.
As per the Constitution, religious beliefs are private affairs, and using public money for them goes against the Constitutional spirit, he said.
AISF member Shankar saw larger conspiracy of benefiting a few contractors behind the decision.
A press statement issued jointly said that the State still lacked many rights due to the pre-conditions incorporated in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, and the need of the hour was to make efforts to gain the rights, and not to encourage superstitions.
Representatives from All India Students' Association, Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika, All India Muslim Students' Organisation, Madiga Students' Federation, Democratic Students' Union, and Student Federation of India participated in the roundtable.