Staff Reporter

The activists observe ‘Black Day’

VIJAYAWADA: The CPI and the CPI (M) staged a demonstration in the city on Saturday observing ‘Black Day’ to protest against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s decision to go ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal. The activists of the CPI and CPI (M) organised a blockade and formed a human chain near Kaleswara Rao Market, as part of a protest against the nuclear deal and visit of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to India. CPI city secretary K. Subba Raju, CPI (M) city secretary R. Raghu and others expressed the view that the deal was detrimental to the sovereignty of the country. The agreement includes all retrograde provisions of the Hyde Act which puts constraints on full civilian nuclear cooperation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had damaged parliamentary procedures and neglected the sentiments of people. There was no uninterrupted fuel supply assurance, no provision for strategic fuel reserve, no transfer of nuclear technology and steps to be taken against Iran. In fact, the US proudly announced in its Senate that it could stop the gas pipeline from Iran to India. But, the UPA government could not convene Parliament session so far, they said.

CPI (M) floor leader in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Ch. Babu Rao and CPI floor leader P. Gowtham Reddy and others were present.