More than three thousand women marched through the streets of Bombay, India, on Wednesday (31 August) in protest against rising prices.
More than three thousand women marched through the streets of Bombay, India, on Wednesday (31 August) in protest against rising prices. The marchers were led by Mrs. Mrinal Gore, a member of Parliament who serves on the working committee of India's ruling Janata Party.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators were on their way to the State Secretariat in Bombay and demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Vasantao Patil and his government.
Mr. Patil leads the Congress government in Maharashatra state, of which Bombay is the capital. Congress is the party of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, defeated by the Janata party in India's General Elections last March. Mrs. Gore described Mr. Patil's government as corrupt and claimed it was using what she called anti people tactics. Women belonging to Janata as well as other groups opposed to Congress took part in Wednesday's demonstration. Many women carried placards and some brandished rolling pins.
However, they fail d??? reach Secretariat because they ran into a police barricade a short distance from the building. The Congress Party plans to hold a big counter-march in Bombay next week, to demonstrate its full confidence in the State government. Local Congress leaders say the National government should be blamed for rising prices and they accuse the Janata Party of failing to carry out its election promises.