The textile traders in the city took out a victory rally from Gollapudi to Vastralatha in One Town here on Wednesday. The motorcycle rally culminated into a public meeting at Vastralatha wherein the traders felicitated MLAs Velampalli Srinivas and MLA Malladi Vishnu. The traders thanked the State government for withdrawing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on textiles. The textile traders expressed their gratitude to the State government for listening to their woes. “The MLAs and the ministers have supported the cause and used their good offices in withdrawing the VAT. It was for the first time in the country that a government withdrew the tax introduced,” they said.

The traders will be with the Congress government for understanding their plight and withdrawing the VAT, they said. The traders urged the MLAs to prevail upon the government to bring down the hike in rents being paid by them at Vastralatha.