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Against hike: Srikakulam District MP Yerrannaidu pedalling a cycle while the former Speaker Prathiba Bharati and TDP activist boarded a cycle rickshaw during a protest rally against price hike of petroleum products in Srikakulam on Friday.
Against hike: Srikakulam District MP Yerrannaidu pedalling a cycle while the former Speaker Prathiba Bharati and TDP activist boarded a cycle rickshaw during a protest rally against price hike of petroleum products in Srikakulam on Friday.

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Activists of TDP, CPI(M) and CPI organise rallies

RTC buses stopped at different places

Immediate rollback of the price hike demanded

Srikakulam: The opposition sponsored bandh to protest the steep hike in prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas went off peacefully in the district on Friday. Right at the day break, senior leaders of opposition parties including TDP, MP, Kinjarapu Yerrannaidu and CPI (M) district unit secretary, Choudary Tejeswara Rao and a large number of activists of both parties gathered at the busy RTC complex to prevent RTC buses from coming out. There was heavy police bandobust. They organised rasta roko on the road for some time and a rally. Holding flags, workers of opposition parties went though the main streets of the town urging traders, businessmen to close shops voluntarily and express their solidarity. While Mr.Naidu went in a bicycle, the former Speaker, K.Pratibha Bharathi chose rickshaw to go through the main streets.

At Palasa, MLA and district unit president, Gouthu Shyamsundar Sivaji, along with party workers organised rasta roko on the busy road causing disruption of traffic for some time. At most of the places, traders played hide and seek and as soon as the agitators passed out, they opened their shops. Long queues were seen at the cinema halls for the morning show. By evening, life was almost normal and even RTC buses started plying. Opposition leaders claimed that the bandh was a total success.

Partial response

Kakinada: The bandh called by TDP and Left parties to protest against the hike in prices of petrol and diesel, evoked partial response. There were no reports of untoward incidents as a large number of police personnel patrolled the streets.

RTC buses were stopped at several places, causing inconvenience to passengers. Similarly, a few trains were prevented from moving at Tuni station by the agitators, who left the place after registering their protest. Educational institutions and cinema theatres functioned normally but they had a meagre attendance as transport services were hit.

The TDP, CPM and CPI have demanded an immediate rollback of the price hike and warned that the agitation would be intensified in the coming days if the government continued to narrate cock and bull stories instead of taking remedial action.TDP leaders Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, N. Chinna Rajappa, former ministers M. Satyanarayana Rao and Ch. Ramachandra Rao staged a demonstration at Bhanugudi junction in Kakinada seeking a reduction in the prices of auto fuels. They blamed the ruling coalition UPA for the crisis being faced by the people and sought to know what it’s intention behind increasing the prices was.

Rail roko

VIZIANAGARAM: Rail-roko, rasta-roko and protest rallies demanding roll back of petrol and diesel prices marked the bandh organised by Telugu Desam Party, CPI, CPI (M) and CPI (ML-New Democracy) in the district on Friday. The bandh, however, has no impact on normal life as private vehicles, two-wheelers and autos plied normally. TDP and CPI (M) cadres took out a rally through the main roads in the town and tried to enforce bandh appealing to owners to close shops. But the shop owners opened shutters immediately after they left the place.

All commercial bank branches transacted no business. The State Road Transport Corporation that suspended operations in the morning restored normal services after 1 p.m. At Salur, the protesters deflated tubes of four RTC buses when drivers tried to operate services in the morning. Normal vehicular traffic on Visakhapatnam-Araku Road went out of a gear when agitators organised rasta-roko for over 20 minutes. Reports of rail-roko and protest rallies were also reported from Garividi, Bobbili and Parvathipuram.

In Vizianagaram, the leaders squatted on the railway track and stopped Amaravathi super fast train for about 30 minutes.

Workers in five jute factories at Vizianagaram, Salur and Kothavalasa abstained from work. I.V.P. Raju (TDP), M. Krishna Murty (CPI-M), P. Kameswara Rao (CPI), K. Sanyasi Rao (CPI-ML-New Democracy) participated in the bandh.

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