Day-long bandh in Vemulawada near total

The one-day bandh call given by Congress party in Vemulawada was near-total on Tuesday with all shops and business establishments in the temple town keeping shutters down.

Pilgrims, however, were not put to inconvenience since the shrine has been seeing little rush in the ‘asada’ month.

The Congress party had called for the bandh protesting the State government’s failure in fulfilling the promise of developing the temple by allocating ₹100 crore every year. Following requests from Congress leaders, shops, business establishments and educational institutions voluntarily observed the bandh.

Dharna, rasta roko

Mild tension prevailed in the temple town over the arrest of Vemulawada temple trust board ex-chairman and Congress leader Adi Srinivas following which party leaders staged a dharna and rasta roko.

Mr. Srinivas said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, during his visit to the temple in July 2015, had promised ₹100 crore every year for its development. Four years down the line, the Vemulawada temple trust board was not constituted, he alleged, adding pilgrims were facing problems due to non-availability of adequate accommodation and drinking water facilities.

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