Women yatris match steps with men

Women yatris match steps with men

Women participants including Motamma and Mallajamma danced and sang folksongs to keep the morale of their followers up. They raised slogans against the BJP Government.  Party managers have also ensured that they get decent lodgings for the night.

Many of the women on the march have taken part in similar padayatras in the past. A few walked up to Mandya in 2003 with then Chief Minister, S M Krishna. This time around, the unity forged among senior leaders of the party by the padayatra has enthused the women  to join the 320-km walk.

Motamma, who initially was not inclined to walk every day, completed two days’ walk. She said she has developed cold but would continue the march as long as her health permits. A few of her supporters admitted they would take part in the padayatra as long as she leads them.

Bangalore City Women Congress Vice-President Yamuna said she had walked with S M Krishna to Mandya in 2003, the party, in power then had to reach to the people over the Cauvery issue. She said: “We are getting good response from the residents of villages we pass by.”

How are the women, many of them married and mothers, managing to be away from home for many days to participate in the march? Manjula said:
State Women Congress President Manjula Naidu said: “We have made alternative arrangements.”

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