Karimnagar: Mahila congress dharna evokes poor response from party activists. Although the leaders called upon the party workers of the erstwhile Karimnagar district to take part in the protest in a big way and make it a success, the turnout was poor.
As part of the State-wide agitation in protest against the demonetisation of high value currency notes, women Congress workers under the aegis of district Mahila Congress president Cherla Padma took out a rally from Telangana chowk to Collectorate, where they staged a dharna.
Although the protest was carried out by women activists, the number of male workers was higher then the women workers. Dharna area was filled with senior party leaders including former Minister D Sridhar Babu, TPCC vice pesident Ponnam Prabhakar, former MLA Aarepalli Mohan, former Zilla Parishad Chairman Adluri Laxman Kumar, DCC president Katakam Mruthunjayam, and their followers extended support to Mahila Congress activists by participating in the dharna.
Police officials deployed a large number of police personnel to keep a tab on the dharna. At one stage, the strength of the cops was almost equal to the number of agitating women. Water canon vehicle was also deployed. People faced inconvenience due to the blockage of road passing through Collectorate office.
A police officer said security arrangements for dharna were beefed up as Karimnagar had been upgraded to a Police Commissionerate. Ultimately, police would be blamed if any untoward incident happened. So, adequate forced was deployed to avoid any such incident, he added.
Addressing the dharna, Congress leaders blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for causing inconvenience to the common man by banning high value notes on the pretext of taking action against black money, counterfeit currency, and corruption. No black money holder faced trouble with demonetisation, they said. After the failure of demonetisation move, Modi had been chanting cashless transaction mantra which would impose unnecessary surcharge on common public, they added.
Training their gun on the Telangana Rashtra Saithi government, they said State government was celebrating kite festivals while farmers, students, and pensioners were facing hardships.