Opposition parties — the TDP, the CPI, and the CPI(M) — took out a rally demanding that the Central government implement the Jan Lokpal bill here on Tuesday.
The rally, which began at Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshettram, culminated into a meeting at Lenin Centre. The rally passed through Police Control Room, Prakasam statue, Old Bus Station, Bandar Road, Besant Road, and Karl Marx Road, and activists of the parties raised slogans against corruption and demanded that the government bring Prime Minister under Lokpal purview.
CPI city secretary K. Subba Raju, who presided over the meeting, said the government should come up with a comprehensive bill bringing higher judiciary also under Lokpal purview.
CPI(M) district secretary V. Umamaheswara Rao said the judiciary also should be made accountable. A supervision of the functioning of the judges was necessary. The judges should be brought under purview of the Judicial Commission. This apart, electoral reforms were also imminent. The public welfare schemes were not reaching the people due to corruption, he added. TDP leaders Gadde Rammohan and Vallabhaneni Vamsimohan said that corruption was scaling new heights under the Congress rule.
Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao participated in the rally. CPI(M) city secretary R. Raghu, State Committee member Ch. Babu Rao, and CPI leader Palla Surya Rao were present.
School and college students formed a human chain at Paipula Road in Ajithsingh Nagar in protest against the corruption. Meanwhile, the Vatsavai police shifted TDP former MPP Gurram Koteswara Rao, who was on hunger strike, to the Government General Hospital in view of his health condition.