For the second day on Sunday, majority of autorickshaws in the capital went off the road as part of the indefinite strike launched by auto unions demanding fare revision, abolition of GO 108 and others.
Intensifying their agitation, different auto union members under the umbrella of Auto Drivers Unions JAC assembled at RTC Crossroads at around 11 a.m. and burnt the ‘effigy’ of the government.
“We will continue the strike till the government accepts our demands,” said A. Sathi Reddy, general secretary of A.P.Auto Drivers Samaikya.
He also claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha and other political parties have extended their support to the auto drivers’ indefinite strike and participated in different agitation programmes conducted by auto unions.
Sunday being holiday, there was some respite for schoolchildren and office goers but commuters at railway and bus stations had tough time reaching their homes. They had to depend on personal transportation or book cabs.
On Monday, all the auto unions would conduct a “Chalo Assembly” programme from Sundariah Park to Assembly demanding the government address auto drivers’ long-pending issues.