TDP women's wing holds Vanta Varpu

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They stage dharna at the Sub-Collector's office at Rajahmundry

Novel protest: TDP women workers preparing gruel during Vanta Varpu at the RDO office in Rajahmundry on Monday. – Photo: S. Rambabu
Novel protest: TDP women workers preparing gruel during Vanta Varpu at the RDO office in Rajahmundry on Monday. – Photo: S. Rambabu

Members of the TDP Rajahmundry city women wing prepared gruel in front of the Sub-Collector's office on Monday to protest against price rise. Led by city president Vasireddy Rambabu, the women in large numbers gathered near Sub-Collector's office and staged dharna for more than one hour between from 11 a.m.

Women corporators with the help of party workers cooked gruel on the road by blocking both sides and it took almost one hour to prepare gruel for them.

They served hot gruel to waiting party workers amidst slogan shouting against the Kiran Kumar Reddy government.

Addressing party workers, city party president Rambabu and other corporators said that kilo one rupee rice scheme by the government served no purpose as it failed to control the prices of commodities in the market. TDP held responsible both State and Union government for common man's plight.

Expressing resentment over the steep hike in the prices of commodities, members of the Telugu Mahila district unit, the women's wing of the Telugu Desam Party, staged a novel protest in front of the district Collector's office here on Monday.

Led by wing's district president P. Vijayalakshmi, women in large numbers turned the road in front of the Collectorate into a huge kitchen and began cooking food on a large scale.

In the programme titled ‘Vanta-Varpu,' the women invited the passers by to see the rice being used by them to prepare food and explained them that the low-quality rice was distributed by the State government through the public distribution system at Re. 1 per kg.

“There is a 300 per cent rise in the prices of edible oils, pulses and other groceries. No need of mentioning the price of vegetables, which are not in the reach of even the middleclass,” Ms. Vijayalakshmi said. After staging the agitation till the afternoon, the women submitted a memorandum to Additional Joint Collector B. Rama Rao seeking steps from the government to regulate the prices and ensuring quality control over the rice being supplied to the poor through the PDS.



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