Left parties take the lead in organising protests
The two-day strike by the trade unions went off peacefully in Anantapur district with most unions participating in the strike while the Left parties took the lead in organising protests around the district.
A rally passing through all the major traffic junctions of the Anantapur was organised on Thursday by trade unions of all the parties including the Congress party affiliated Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) demanding immediate action curbing the price rise in essential commodities.
The rally culminated at the district Collectorate where a sit-in protest was held. Slogans were raised by the left affiliated trade unions against the government’s inaction of the price rise front. They argued that the deregulation of the pricing mechanism of diesel had an adverse impact on the inflation and price rise, making life harder for the poorer and the middle class in the country.
Meanwhile, the CPI district secretary Jagadeesh pointed out that the fact that the two day bandh has been a success of such magnitude was a measure of the dissent amongst the public over the policies of the UPA government in the centre and the Congress government in the state, both of which, he said were anti poor.
On the other hand, most APSRTC services in the district remained suspended while only a few services ran with some unions and contrabct drivers reporting for duty. Scheduled banks around the district remained closed for the last two days while rural banks such as the Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank was open throughout the district with operations in full flow.
Tirupati Special Correspondent adds: For the second consecutive day work in the banks and Insurance companies remained completely paralysed in Chittoor district.
The two left parties and their trade union wings (CITU and AITUC), organised dharnas and rasta rokos at several places in Tirupati and in other major towns of the district including Chittoor.
The police lifted the demonstrators including several state and district party leaders of the CPI (M) and the CITU and bundled them into vehicles to police stations. They were released later on production of personal bonds.
CITU State Secretary, Vijayakumar addressing the demonstrators said that only agitations and dharnas were the best weapons to sensitise the insensitive UPA-II to the problems of the poor and the working class vis a vis the price rice, fuel price hike, power tariff increase. Among the CPM and CITU leaders arrested and released were Vijayakumar, Kandarapu Murali, Kumar Reddy,Gangaraju, Chandrasekhar Reddy.
CPI’s AITUC and BJP’s BMS cadres also held a huge dharna at the Corporation Office circle and later joined the CITU dharna at Leela Mahal junction heightening tension at the spot. Led by district and town unit AITUC leaders J. Ramachandraiah, P. Murali, Penchalaiah, Venkalaiah employees belonging to the various banks, insurance companies, APSRTC, Medical, Municipality, BSNL, postal and so on also have taken part in the dharna.Nellore Staff Reporter adds: The activists of CPI (M) and other organisations organised a protest rally Under the leadership of CPI (M) district secretary Madala Venkateswarlu, the activists of CPM and CITU took part in the rally from the Atmakuru bus stand to RTC main bus stand.