Hundreds of customers, including a sister of Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana, thronged the stalls where the TDP staged a protest sale of vegetables
GUNTUR: The Telugu Desam Party’s protest sale of vegetables in front of district Collector’s office here on Friday turned ‘real’ with hundreds of people from all sections of society making a beeline to grab the opportunity.
Party leaders requisitioned 500 kg each of various vegetables available in the wholesale market here to make the sale effective. The strategy paid off with a tremendous response from the customers, including Chintapalli Sambrajyam, sister of Transport Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana.. District president Prattipati Pulla Rao made the formal first sale by weighing half a kg of onions priced at Rs.6 a kg against a prevailing market price of Rs. 14 a kg. Former Ministers Sennakayala Aruna, Alapati Rajendra Prasad, former district president Makineni Pedarathaiah and other party leaders were also present.
The onion stall was a big draw as customers fought for a place in the queue forcing intervention by police. At other stalls, tomato was sold (all prices per kg) at Rs.11, onion at Rs.6, carrot at Rs.20, raw banana Rs.2 each, brinjal Rs. 3, cabbage Rs.6, potato Rs.11, bitter gourd Rs. 8, leafy vegetables 50 paise per bundle, ladyfinger Rs.4, green chilli Rs.9 and drumstick Rs. 2 a stick. These prices were two to five rupees less than the prevailing market price.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Pulla Rao and others accused the Congress Government of neglecting the interests of the people and safeguarding those of big contractors.