The Left parties in Krishna district are gearing up to launch an agitation against the hike in power tariff. The six Left parties will organise a meeting at Hanumantharaya Grandhalayam on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, leaders of the parties said protest programmes would be organised at mandal and constituency levels.

The Left parties would also organise awareness programmes at the village level to awaken the rural masses, as the government had not spared any category, they said.

At a time when the Central government was gearing up to enhance prices of petroleum products, any increase in the power tariff would impose a heavy burden on the common man, they said.

Poll-eve promise

“The hike has come at a time when people are reeling under prolonged power cuts and power holidays,” they added. In fact, the Congress, in last elections, had promised that it would not revise the power tariff till 2014. It ditched the people by going back on its electoral promise, they said, adding that the Congress government would pay the price. CPI district secretary Akkineni Vanaja, CPI(M) district leader V. Umamaheswara Rao, CPI(ML) leader Muppalla Bhargavasri, CPI(ML)-Liberation leader R. Nagamani, MCPI(U) leader Gollapudi Varaprasad, CPI(ML) New Democracy leader Bhanu Sankar, CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar, and CPI(M) leader Ch. Joga Rao spoke.

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