Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: CPI (M) activists attempted to obstruct Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s convoy in the city on Saturday. The party leaders, including corporators, reached the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium carrying black flags and raised slogans against the government and the Chief Minister.

At one point of time, they made a bid to crash through the barricades and the police cordon near the stadium where officials created a temporary helipad. But the vigilant police foiled their attempts. It lead to heated arguments between the CPI(M) leaders and the police. The party activists continued their slogans until the helicopter took off.

They demanded that the government withdraw the GOs issued to evacuate karakatta dwellers and enhance the property tax. They also wanted enhancement of old-age pension to Rs. 400 and issuance of white ration cards to eligible poor, according to a press release.

Porata samiti plea

The Krishna Godavari Basin Gas Sadhana Porata Committee (KGBGSPC) submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister urging him to take necessary steps to ensure that the State received at least 50 per cent share in the gas produced from the KG Basin.

Committee convener Bonda Srinivasa Rao and coordinator Syed Rafi told Dr. Reddy about the movement against the injustice meted out the State. They said that the Reliance and other companies were taking the resources to other states. They expressed the view that the requirements of the State should be fully met before allowing the companies to take the gas resources to other states. They also wanted the government to review the prices fixed for the gas produced in the State. They favoured constitution of petrol and gas corporation similar to the one in Gujarat.