Members of various organisations stage protest programmes seeking rollback

Leaders of various political parties took strong objection to the latest hike in the domestic LPG price, stating that it would further add to the woes of the common people who were already suffering due to high price rise.

The women leaders of the Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party Nellore district units held separate demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction over the decision of the United Progressive Alliance Government.

Asserting that there was a need to control the overall price rise, the women leaders said that the UPA would have to pay a heavy price in the coming general elections as it had not done enough to keep the prices under check.

Former mayor T. Anuradha led the protest demonstration held by the TDP at the Gandhi Bomma centre. Women activists displayed cylinders as a mark of their symbolic protest on the occasion.

They said that the UPA Government had made the lives of common people miserable by taking tough decisions.

BJP leaders K. Vijaya Lakshmi and Midathala Ramesh led the protest programme in which the party women activists took part. They raised slogans against what they described as the anti-people policies of the UPA Government.

The BJP leaders termed it as arbitrary on the part of the Government to increase the prices at a time when the general elections would be held soon.

The essential commodities were also beyond the reach of the common people these days because of the policies of the UPA, they said.

Kadapa Special Correspondent adds: The CPI(M) functionaries burnt an effigy of United Progressive Alliance Government at Kadapa old bus stand on Thursday demanding rollback of the LPG price.

The UPA Government was frequently increasing the price of petrol, diesel and LPG by yielding to the oil companies, former MLA M.A. Gafoor alleged.

The Union Government was dancing to the tunes of the multinational companies and industrial houses, he alleged. He demanded scrapping of the cash transfer scheme for LPG.

The LPG hike was unwarranted when the people were burdened by skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, Mr. Gafoor asserted. He warned that the Congress would incur people’s wrath. CPI(M) State Committee member B. Venkat and leaders K. Anjaneyulu, Veerasekhar, Papi Reddy, Sankar, S. Sudhakar, Dastagiri Reddy and others participated.

Tirupati Staff Reporter adds: Various political parties opposed the LPG price hike in Tirupati by staging protests programmes.

Left parties staged a dharna at Yasodha Nagar by placing the gas cylinder on a traditional earthen stove. CPI (M) secretary V.Gangaraju wondered how the price could be hiked by Rs.217 at one go.

BJP activists staged a dharna at Nalugukalla Mandapam by carrying the cylinder on their heads. State spokesperson G. Bhanuprakash Reddy called Congress party’s ‘Hand’ symbol as the demonic ‘Bhasmasura Hastham’, troubling the common man in every possible way. He said the direct benefit transfer project had turned out to be a bane as the Government rushed to implement the project, without providing bank accounts and Aadhaar cards to all beneficiaries.

Similarly, YSR Congress workers led by local legislator Bhumana Karunakar Reddy too staged an agitation by carrying a cylinder on the head. Mr. Reddy appealed to the people to teach the ‘anti-people’ Congress party a lesson.