Three corporators to meet YSR
They receive support from representatives of the CPI and the CPI(M)Division-wise padayatra evokes good response
VIJAYAWADA: The three independent corporators in the general body of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) - Mahadev Appaji, Abdul Khadar and Ummadisetti Bahadur - on Sunday began their padayatra to Hyderabad to convey to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy the "opposition of people of Vijayawada to the proposal to fix meters to domestic water connections."
The corporators, who began their walkathon from the Mahatma Gandhi statue in front of Head Post Office in One Town, received support from the representatives of the CPI and the CPI(M) who were present at the programme.
The corporators sought to assert before newspersons that their agitation was not against the State Government. "We're inspired by the padayatra taken up by Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy when he was leader of the Opposition. We'll only draw the Chief Minister's attention to the deep feeling among people that water meters are not required in Vijayawada," they said.
The corporators, who hoped to reach Hyderabad by Friday, said they would meet MLAs of the constituencies they would be touching en route Hyderabad and represent to them against water meters.
Ch. Babu Rao, CPI(M) floor leader in the VMC general body, advised the corporators to draw inspiration not from `Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy' but from `leader of opposition Rajasekhara Reddy'.
P. Gowtham Reddy, CPI floor leader in the VMC general body, said the time had come for the State Government to heed the opinion of the elected corporators.
TDP urban president Gadde Rammohan said it was undemocratic on the part of the Government to push for water meters when all sections were opposing the same.
As part of the stepping up of the fight against water meters, the `United Struggle Committee against Water Meters' on Sunday announced that a massive rally would be taken out on Tuesday.