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TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu taking part in a protest cooking programme Eluru on Friday.
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu taking part in a protest cooking programme Eluru on Friday.

Staff Reporter

He rides a bullock cart with a motorcycle tied to it

He stages dharna against UPA regime

Naidu’s security personnel on tenterhooks

ELURU: High drama marked the participation of former Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu in the bandh against the `steep’ hike in petroleum products by the UPA Government in the city on Friday. Mr. Naidu, who made a night halt at Maruteru in Penugonda mandal last night as part of his “Meekosam” programme, suspended his road-show and reached the city around noon to participate in the opposition-sponsored bandh. He rode a bullock cart with a motorcycle tied to the cart behind him that became `useless’ in the light of a sharp increase in petrol prices, from the old bus stand to the fire station centre. Then Mr. Naidu shared the cooking with his party women leaders who staged a novel protest under the stewardship of TDP official spokesperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari by turning the GNT road into a make-shift kitchen in protest against the skyrocketing prices.

Later, he squatted on the road with his party senior colleagues such as Mr. Bolla Bulliramaiah and Kothapalli Subbarayudu and staged a dharna against the UPA’s Government’s “anti-people’s policies”. At this time, a group of Kapu Nadu activists held placards, wanting the TDP chief to spell out his stand on its demands which included inclusion of Kapus in the BC list. The protest by Mr. Naidu, who figures in the list of VVIPs, kept the security agencies on a tenterhooks all along.

He launched a blistering attack on the Congress regimes at the Centre and in the State for their “failure” to contain the rising prices and the subsequent inflationary pressures. He repeatedly drew parallel between the Congress-ruled State Government and the West Bengal Government and said the CPI(M) led West Bengal Government spared people from taxation on petrol, diesel and cooking gas.

Divided house

The opposition parties became a divided house as the Left and the TDP went it alone during the bandh. The Left parties gave a call for a State bandh on the issue, the TDP also chose to join the protest. But as the Left parties enforced the bandh separately. A rail roko was staged by the CPI and CPI (M) city units at Powerpet.


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