Begging protest: Andhra CPM leader placed under house arrest

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Babu Rao was scheduled to lead the protest called “begging programme” on Monday morning but the police prevented him from moving out by camping around his house since Sunday night.

Vijayawada Police placed under house arrest Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader CH Babu Rao to foil a protest against non-payment of salaries to about 400 sanitation workers under the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).

Babu Rao was scheduled to lead the protest called “begging programme” on Monday morning but the police prevented him from moving out by camping around his house since Sunday night. They issued the notice of house arrest to him and other leaders on Monday morning.

“As many as 400 sanitation workers are working under CRDA in 29 villages in the range of Amaravati capital region. They are not being paid salaries since seven months. This is happening in the same area where the CM’s residence is located. In this difficult coronavirus crisis phase surviving without salary for even a month is difficult,” Babu Rao told reporters here.

“The CM is trying to shift the capital. But how can the salaries of sanitation workers be stopped? How will they survive? They have protested, agitated but the government did not pay any heed. As they are left with no options, they planned a begging program lead by CITU at the CRDA office in Vijayawada,” he alleged.

He said that he was placed under arrest as he was supporting the hapless sanitation workers. “They surrounded my house since last midnight. What is the crime I have committed?” Babu Rao asked.

The CPI-M leader urged the government to pay salaries to the workers, while accusing it of shutting down those voices which are rising against it. He also asked the government to take action against contractors and CRDA officials who did not pay salaries to the workers on time.

“The Chief Minister should take responsibility and see that those workers are paid salaries. Otherwise our agitation will continue,” he further said. (with inputs from ANI)

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