The second day of 48-hour general strike called by central trade unions and others against price rise and other issues evoked a near total response on Thursday.

The impact was more at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Visakhapatnam Port, NTPC Simhadri and other units. Banking and insurance firms downed their shutters. Shops and public transport was not affected.

As the second day strike coincided with the public hearing held by AP Electricity Regulatory Commission, several leaders belonging to the Left Parties, Telugu Desam and their affiliated unions, were arrested when they protested against tariff increase proposals by EPDCL.

All India Bank Employees’ Association secretary B.S. Rambabu and AP Bank Employees’ Federation president A. Koteswara Rao said after the successful response to the strike, the government should take stringent measures to contain inflation, control price rise and stop so-called reforms in the banking and insurance sector.

‘Growing resentment’

VSP recognised union general secretary D. Adinarayana said the cent per cent participation of employees of VSP and the contract workers was a reflection of growing resentment against disinvestment of the public sector unit and the delay in allotment of captive mines.

INTUC leaders Mantri Rajasekhar and Neerukonda Ramachandra Rao said the employees and contract workers extended their support to the two-day strike voluntarily.