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Opposition parties silent protest echoes at Gun Park

Opposition parties silent protest echoes at Gun Park
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All opposition parties in Telangana on Friday came together for another round of protest over the shifting of ‘Dharna Chowk’, the popular venue for staging protests in Hyderabad.Leaders of all Opposition parties and mass organisations participated in a silent protest at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial at Gun Park, organised by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC).

Leaders of all Opposition parties, along with TJAC and other activists, staged a silent protest at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial at Gun Park in Hyderabad on Friday .

Hyderabad: All opposition parties in Telangana on Friday came together for another round of protest over the shifting of ‘Dharna Chowk’, the popular venue for staging protests in Hyderabad.Leaders of all Opposition parties and mass organisations participated in a silent protest at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial at Gun Park, organised by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC).

TJAC chairman Kodandaram, a bitter critic of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, led the protest and warned the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government that if it failed to withdraw the move, a march to ‘Dharna Chowk’ would be organised on May 15. Kodandaram, who had played a key role in Telangana movement along with Chandrashekar Rao, alleged that the government was trying to snatch democratic and constitutional rights of the people. TJAC leader said that for over a month the Opposition parties had been raising their voice over the issue but the government was bent on shifting the ‘Dharna Chowk’.

Main Opposition Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) declared their support to the proposed march.State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy said people had hoped that there would be greater freedom and liberty in Telangana State but the government was curbing people’s right to dissent. TDP Telangana unit president L Ramana said the party would extend full support to TJAC on the issue. Noted educationist Chukka Ramaiah, Congress MLC Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, TPCC official spokesperson Regulapti Ramya Rao and several other leaders took part in the protest.

The ‘Dharna Chowk’ has been the venue of thousands of protests by political parties, people’s organisations, students’ groups, employees’ unions and others for over two decades. Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao had last month defended the police move to shift ‘Dharna Chowk’ to the city outskirts saying that some parties were deliberately creating problems in the name of protests.In March, leaders of all Opposition parties had come together to meet Governor E S L Narasimhan and submit a memorandum protesting the government’s move.

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