State government urged to scrap the GO immediately
Activists of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) staged a rasta roko at Jagadamba junction on Tuesday in protest against the new licensing policy for opening of bars in the State.
The women demanded scrapping of the new policy that permits opening of new bars in proportion to the population of the village, town or city.
The AIDWA activists burnt copies of the G.O. and raised slogans denouncing the Congress government.
Addressing the gathering, AIDWA president M. Sujata came down heavily on the Rosaiah government for its decision to permit the opening of new bars while failing to provide basic amenities like drinking water. She demanded cancellation of bar licenses. She warned that the State government would have to face the wrath of women's organisations otherwise.
A separate protest was organised by Telugu Mahila activists in protest against the new licensing policy at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi opposite the GVMC.
The TDP workers, under the leadership of A. Vani, demanded closure of ‘unauthorised outlets' and not to issue new licenses for opening of bars.
A rasta roko was staged under the aegis of the Communist Party of India at Dondaparthy junction. The participants demanded scrapping of G.O. 723. Mahila Samakhya leaders A. Vimala and G. Lakshmi were among those who participated.