Diesel shortage: CPI activists stage protest

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raging issue: CPI (M) activists staging a protest against the shortage of diesel in Anantapur on Sunday.
raging issue: CPI (M) activists staging a protest against the shortage of diesel in Anantapur on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

‘Filling stations creating further shortage and indulging in black marketing’

ANANTAPUR: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a protest here on Sunday against the short supply of diesel by the oil companies to the fuel filling stations in the district, creation of scarcity by the filling stations and inaction by the Centre.

The activists of the party also burnt an effigy of the Centre in the Tower Clock centre.

Slogans raised

Led by town secretary of the party V. Rambhupal, Corporator P. Prasoona, A. Manohar and others they staged a protest in the Tower Clock circle by blocking traffic and raising slogans against the Centre alleging lack of action on the shortage of diesel. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rambhupal said against the requirement of about 11 lakh litres of diesel per day the district was getting only 4.5 lakh litres.

The huge short supply was leading to creating of scarcity further by the filling stations to sell the fuel in the black market and make a fast buck. The government had failed to find the cause and resolve it, he alleged.

As a result of short supply of diesel transportation of commodities, vegetables and goods was hit hard in the district leading to their artificial scarcity.

Mute spectator

The Centre was staying a mute spectator to the alarming situation and allowing the filling station managements to earn illegal profits with black marketing of the fuel. He also blamed the State government for its spectator role in the issue and said it would have helped resolve the problem to a large extent had it concentrated on the issue instead of wasting energies on criticising opposition parties and newspapers.



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