Nagpur, 14 August During the Corona period, when the people are already in financial crisis, the government’s electricity distribution company increased electricity tariffs and sent huge electricity bills. Protesting against this action of the government, Pro-Vidarbha statehood women activists led by Ranjana Mamarde, President of Vidarbha Pradesh Mahila Aghadi, torched hundreds of electricity bills.
A sit-in agitation has been going on at Pandal of Vidarbha Chandika Mandir at Shaheed Chowk in Itwari since August Kranti Din under the leadership of Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti Adv. Vamanrao Chatap, Ram Newale, Women’s Front President Ranjana Mamarde and Youth Front President Mukesh Masurkar. Today was the sixth day of the agitation.
Corona pandemic is a natural disaster that struck the nation and the state. Due to government restrictions, the purchasing power of the people has run out due to lack of industry, trade, agriculture and employment during this period. The state government has looted the people by increasing the electricity bills. Mamarde warned that the government should immediately stop cutting power connections, waive the electricity bills or else the housewives will take up stern action against the employees of MSEDCL. Sunita Yerne, Rekha Nimje, Usha Lambat, Jyoti Khandekar, Veena Bhoyar, Jaya Chaturkar, Shobha Yeole, Sangeeta Ambare, Suhasini Khadse, Kunda Raut, Prabha Sahu, Komal Durugkar, Maya Borkar and others participated in this agitation.
“Petrol, diesel and gas price hikes have been imposed by the government on the people. Critics of the Congress government era are no longer talking about it,” said. Vamanrao Chatap.
Ram Newale warned that Vidarbha activists will continue this agitation till Vidarbha becomes independent.
Sukhdev Patre, Jyoti Khandekar ,Adv Ajay Chamedia, Arun Jog, Govindrao Chintewar, Ashok Hande, Rajendra Agarkar, Ajay Shahu, Pyarubhai, Dattrata Raut, Ishwar Sahare, Arun Kedar, Madan Kamade, Shailesh Dharmadhikari, Yuvraj Salve, Madhavrao Gawande, Vinod Babhale, Kishore Dahikar addressed the activists.