Local traders led by MLA Rachamallu Siva Prasad Reddy staging a protest in front of readymade garment showroom in Proddatur
Kadapa: Tension prevailed in Proddatur town for some time when local traders led by MLA Rachamallu Siva Prasad Reddy and AP Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman M Linga Reddy staged a dharna on Wednesday, opposing Big Bazaar showroom set up by Guntur based traders. They sat in the middle of the road obstructing vehicular flow. The protestors tried to barge into showroom but police stopped them.
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The MLA also tried to enter the showroom to disrupt the selling activity but police intervened and took him away. Proddatur Municipal Chairman A Raghurami Reddy had inaugurated Big Bazaar at a private function hall on September 8th. The showroom organisers have announced one-plus-one scheme. The people residing in surrounding villages are coming to Proddatur in large number and purchasing readymade garments.
It angered 600-odd garment cloth traders in the town. They demanded that Big Bazaar should stop offering attractive schemes and close the showroom. On behalf of local traders, Siva Prasad Reddy held consultations with owners of Big Bazaar. They informed MLA that traders should pay Rs 10 lakh to close the showroom, function hall rent of Rs 3.5 lakh and other expenses incurred towards payment of taxes and advertisements.
But, local traders turned down their demands. Vivekananda Cloth Merchants Association president Bayyapu Reddy Chennapu Reddy told The Hans India that local traders are incurring huge losses following the establishment of Big Bazaar during the Dasara festival. He stated that local traders are not against opening showrooms in the town.