Even as Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal’s Lanco Foundation is gearing up to organise Children’s Day on November 14, the students’ bodies are up in arms against the MP’s dictum, what they called, to the VMC to send the schoolchildren for the event.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Students’ Federation of India (SFI), All India Students Federation (AISF), and Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) leaders said that the MP has passed ‘orders’ to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) authorities to send the students of VMC run schools to the event. It was nothing short of abusing his office for a private programme, they said.

The MP has no concern for the students who were facing text and notebook shortage. There were no basic facilities in schools.

The recent floods and heavy rain inundated schools. Despite, he has not taken any initiative to address these problems.

With a view to promoting his organisation and for his vested interests, Mr. Rajagopal was using the poor and downtrodden as pawns.

The MP is said to have arranged 200 buses to transport the municipal school children to the venue. The student unions strongly oppose his action, they said, adding, a memorandum would be submitted to the District Collector to take necessary action.

SFI city secretary T. Praveen, AISF city convener Sk. Basha and PDSU leader P. Ravindra and others were present.

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