TRS women activists protest raw deal

March 28th, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 28 (IANS) Angry at the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) for not fielding a single woman candidate for next month’s state assembly elections, the party’s women activists Saturday staged protests here by covering the face of the statue of ‘Telangana Talli’ (Mother Telangana) statue and tying its hands and legs.
Raising slogans, the women activists demanded that justice be done to them through proper representation in the list of candidates for both the Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao has not included a single woman in the list of candidates for 45 assembly seats the party is contesting in the Telangana region.

Actress Vijayshanti is the lone woman candidate in the list of party nominees for nine Lok Sabha seats. Even she is reluctant to contest from Mahbubnagar constituency.

The TRS had named a woman from Wanaparty assembly constituency in the first list but later left the seat for its alliance partner the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The women activists Saturday staged protests both at the party office and before the residence of Chandrasekhara Rao.

They alleged that the leadership had given tickets to criminals and land grabbers and threatened to work for their defeat.

While all political parties in the state are facing dissidence over ticket distribution, the problem is acute in the TRS.

Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters, has been witnessing noisy protests for the last four days while the whereabouts of party chief are not known.

In Sircilla town in Karimnagar district, 15 TRS workers Saturday climbed on a cell phone tower and threatened to commit mass suicide.

They were demanding assembly ticket from Sircilla constituency for their leader Mahender Reddy. The TRS president has fielded his son K. Rama Rao from this constituency.

Angry TRS activists Friday beat up party candidate from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency and alleged that he bought the ticket for Rs.100 million (Rs.10 crore).

They also attacked the house of party MP Vinod Kumar in Warangal town to protest the denial of ticket to their leader for one of the assembly segments in the district.

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