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CPI(M), TDP protest move to hike power tariff

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Left parties to picket Kadapa Collectorate on Jan. 22; TDP stages dharna in Nellore

Telugu Desam activists demonstrating the plight of common man if power tariff is hiked again, in Kadapa on Saturday. —Photo: K. Ravi Kumar
Telugu Desam activists demonstrating the plight of common man if power tariff is hiked again, in Kadapa on Saturday. —Photo: K. Ravi Kumar

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CPI(M) functionaries burnt an effigy of the State government in front of Vidyut Bhavan here on Saturday demanding withdrawal of the proposed power tariff hike which would impose a burden of Rs. 9,000 crore on the people.

The Kiran Kumar Reddy government had enhanced power tariff and levied surcharge to the tune of Rs. 26,000 crore in the last two years and planned to hike power tariff again, CPI(M) city secretary N. Ravisankar Reddy alleged.

The poorer sections and middle classes were hard-hit and languishing on account of skyrocketing prices, he lamented and demanded withdrawal of the hike. The Congress would be routed in the 2014 elections, he said.

The Left parties would picket Kadapa Collectorate on January 22 and chalk out further agitational programmes if the enhancement was not withdrawn, Mr. Ravisankar warned.

Party leaders G. Dastagiri Reddy, Penchalaiah, Thulasiram, Ramya Naidu, Vijay Kumar and others participated.

Nellore Staff Reporter writes: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Nellore district unit staged a dharna at the busy Gandhi Bomma centre to highlight the plight of electricity consumers.

Led by TDP city unit president K. Srinivasulu Reddy, the party activists held demonstration and raised slogans demanding the immediate withdrawal of electricity surcharge. Two TDP workers showed themselves as ‘hanging’ depicting that another power tariff hike would mean end to their (common man’s) lives.

To intensify agitation

Mr. Srinivasulu Reddy said that under the Congress rule, the power sector was going out of track and the situation of average consumer was going from bad to worse each day. If the government did not think of the welfare of people, the agitation would be further intensified by involving all sections of society, he added.


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