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PJR's rally leaves people fuming

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, DEC. 16. A rally of the Khairatabad MLA, P. Janardhan Reddy, which sought to decry what it called the anti-labour policies of managements, ended up throwing traffic out of gear for several hours in the city on Thursday.

Chaos reigned on several stretches, as traffic came to a grinding halt. The rally started from Rajiv Gandhi statue, Somajiguda, and as it made its way to the Khairatabad junction, the main thoroughfare and those joining it choked with vehicles. Commuters using the Raj Bhavan road and the Panjagutta junction, two of the busiest routes, had a tough time in reaching their destinations.

Buses, autos, cars and two-wheelers were left stranded along the stretches of Ameerpet, Punjagutta and Somajiguda for a long time. Traffic snarls were seen till the Begumpet airport on the Secunderabad side and Erragadda on the Kukatpally route.

`Where's the need?'

Anger was visible on the faces of people, as some picked up an argument with the police and sought to know how a rally was permitted on the Raj Bhavan route.

"Being a ruling party MLA, Mr. Reddy should have been more responsible. This shows his contempt for people," said a middle-aged man rushing to Yashoda Hospital. "I don't see any reason for a rally in the first case, and it is ridiculous that the police gave permission," fumed Venkateshwar Rao, a medical representative.

Demands

The frustration was let out on the Government as people asked whether the administration would permit such rallies by other organisations. "Since the Congress came to power, the city traffic has gone from bad to worse, with the police having little control. It is high time the Government took note of it and put an end to the problem," said Kailash, a shopkeeper in Panjagutta.

Though the call was for a `Chalo Assembly', the police stopped the rally near Visvesvarayya statue circle and refused to allow it further. Though the rally began at around 11.30 a.m., traffic got disrupted much earlier as party workers and supporters started gathering at the venue.

Among other demands, the rally organised by the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and led by Mr. Reddy sought re-opening of units that were closed, redeployment of retrenched workforce and lifting lay-offs and lockouts. Cases of Voltas, State Dairy Development, Bakelite Hylam, Nizam Sugar Factory and Allywn were referred to by rallyists.

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