Opposition parties including the Left parties and the BJP staged protests simultaneously but separately to put pressure on the Andhra Pradesh government to roll back the power tariff hike.
The activists of the Left parties led by CPI district Secretary K.Aruna, CPI(M) city Secretary G.V.Konda Reddy and CPI(ML) New Democracy District Secretary Ch.Venkateswarulu observed a day-long fast in-front of the Prakasam Bhavan in protest against the government policy loaded heavily in favour of private power producers.
The neglect of the public sector APGENCO and giving away control of raw material like coal and gas to merchant power plants for a meagre price, were responsible for the power woes of people, they contended.
Coinciding with the day-long protest by party President N.Chandrababu Naidu, TDP activists led by former MLA Edara Haribabu observed a fast in front of the NTR statue at the Addanki bus stand centre here opposing the unprecedented power shortage and the alleged stubborn attitude of the government despite opposition even from within the ruling Congress.
BJP Prakasam district unit President M.Venkatramana and party youth wing district President Nagendra Yadav began indefinite fast in protest against electricity crisis and collection of Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA).
The protest marches would be organised on April 7 in all mandal headquarters and the State-wide bandh on April 9 coinciding with similar protests by other parties against the overall burden of Rs 18,025 crore imposed on consumers, BJP zonal secretary K.Koteswara Rao said.