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Taking to the streets: CPI(M) activists laying siege to Chittoor Collectorate on Wednesday protesting against the ’callous’ attitude of the Government in addressing the problems of the poor.
Taking to the streets: CPI(M) activists laying siege to Chittoor Collectorate on Wednesday protesting against the ’callous’ attitude of the Government in addressing the problems of the poor.

Special Correspondent

Protest ‘indifferent attitude’ of Government towards the poor

TIRUPATI: Demonstrators belonging to the CPI(M) and its various frontal units on Wednesday laid siege to the Collectorate at Chittoor for nearly five hours protesting against the alleged indifferent attitude of the State Government towards the several nagging problems of the poor and the marginalised sections.

Slogan-shouting agitators, including several women, started converging at the main gate of the Collectorate right from 8 a.m. and squatted in front of the closed iron gates carrying placards.

A posse of policemen stood guard behind the main gate and prevented the demonstrators from surging into the Collectorate.

The police however allowed the leaders of the agitators to enter the Collectorate and present the memorandum to the DRO in the absence of the district Collector.

Massive dharna

A number of activists and leaders belonging to various people’s organisations also participated in the massive dharna.

Leaders addressing the demonstrators criticised the Government for neglecting the problems of the poor and the downtrodden vis-À-vis the distribution of agricultural lands, house-sites, ration cards and other social security benefits. The expressed their concern over the dwindling allocation to the welfare sector.

They made a specific reference in this connection to the hundreds of tribals who are leading a pathetic life on the Hare Krishna Mandir road in Tirupati for the last two years.

They regretted that though the Left parties have held several rounds of demonstrations in front of the RDO’s Office and the Corporation Office at Tirupati to register their protest against the ‘callous attitude’ of the authorities concerned, there was neither any response nor any improvement in the situation.

This is what brought us here today for a dharna before the Collectorate to draw the attention of the Collector to redress the problems of the poor, said K. Kumar Reddy, district secretary of the CPI(M), who led the agitation along with other leaders.

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