ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP, CPI, CPI(M) to launch joint protest against water meters

Staff Reporter

Try to draw Chief Minister's attention to the burning issue

VIJAYAWADA: With Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy making it clear that water meters will have to be fixed, the TDP, the CPI and the CPI (M) on Saturday said they would launch an agitation against the move.

Representatives of these parties, besides those of the Congress, tried to draw the Chief Minister's attention to the burning issue at the State Guest House when Dr. Reddy came to have lunch upon his arrival in the city.

Satisfied with assurance

While a section of Congress corporators owing loyalty to Vijayawada East MLA Vangaveeti Radhakrishna said they brought to the notice of the Chief Minister the "opposition of people" to the water meters, others who belong to the camp of MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and Kankipadu MLA Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) said they were satisfied by the Chief Minister's assurance that the interests of the poor would be taken care of. Nagul Meera (TDP), P. Gowtham Reddy (CPI) and Ch. Babu Rao (CPI-M) criticised the Chief Minister for not accepting the representations they tried to submit to him on the water meters issue. They took exception to the linking of release of funds for the city development to the fixing of meters. Activists of the CPI and the CPI(M) also held aloft banners and placards opposite Victoria Museum and at some places of Vambay Colony and Ajit Singh Nagar when the Chief Minister passed by.

Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) sought an inquiry into the reported irregularities in the District Selection Committee (DSC) examination.