Police thwart their attempts to storm into Minister’s house
Communist Party of India functionaries demonstrated in front of the residence of Minister for Minority Welfare Mohd. Ahmedullah on Sunday demanding the setting up of a government hospital on the old RIMS premises, in the heart of Kadapa city for the benefit of the poor and middle classes.
The CPI functionaries jostled with the police as they thwarted their attempts to storm into the Minister’s residential premises. Three Ministers of the district and the district administration did not respond to their demand, although they staged relay fasts for four days and party leaders G. Chandra, T. Ramasubba Reddy, G. Maddileti and K.C. Badulla commenced an indefinite hunger strike at Kadapa Collectorate, CPI district secretary G. Easwaraiah said.
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital at Putlampalle, was 10 km. away from Kadapa city and the hospital was merely referring patients suffering from dengue and viral fevers, he alleged. He lamented large number of deaths due to dengue and viral fevers in the district last year.
Earlier, CPI activists carrying party flags took out a rally from Seven Roads junction to the Minister’s residence. Telugu Desam Party city president K. Balakrishna Yadav and president of CHRD, an NGO, Siva Reddy expressed support and took part in the picketing. The protesters raised slogans against the Minister and demanded that he quit the Cabinet if he failed to ensure safeguarding of people’s health. Mr. Easwaraiah called for picketing of Kadapa Collectorate on Monday.
CPI city joint secretary Balasubrahmanyam and leaders Venugopal, V. Obulesu, Vijayalakshmi, Ramadevi, Bogadi Setty, K. Easwaraiah, Govind Naik participated in the protest.