Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chairman Somu Veerraju’s comments on alcohol are inappropriate and demeaning for women, said Chaitanya Sravanti chairperson Shirin Rehman.
A dharna was organized by the NGO to protest against the remarks made by the head of the BJP during a party meeting in Vijayawada, at the statue of Gandhi, near the GVMC, here on Sunday.
Speaking to women, Dr Shirin Rehman objected to statements by Mr Veerraju, which she said were disrespectful towards women. She said the women would have appreciated the BJP leader if he had said the price of cooking gas would be reduced, instead of saying the price of alcohol would be reduced.
Recalling the agitations Chaitanya Sravanti waged for alcohol control in the past, she said alcohol plays with people’s health. She called for highly concentrated alcohol to fall under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).
Dr Shirin Rehman said alcohol, which contains less than 10% ethyl alcohol, could be sold in a controlled manner by governments. A uniform alcohol policy was required across the country. She hoped governments would control alcohol which was ruining people’s health and lives in the form of liver and kidney damage in drug addicts.
She called for alcohol control to make Ayushman Bharat’s dream come true.
Earlier, participants paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by wearing his statue in a garland.
The women raised slogans against alcohol. Representatives of Chaitanya Sravanti Rukiya Bhanu, Vijaya, Vijaya Kumari, Anasuya, Sharada, Roja, Uma and Lakshmi were among those leading the protest.