Demanding that the hike in power tariff must be rolled back and uninterrupted power supply to all the sectors must be ensured, activists of the Left parties staged hunger strike in front of the Collector’s office here on Monday.

Activists from the Communist Party of India (CPI), CPI (M), CPI (ML) New Democracy participated in the agitation in large numbers.

Addressing the activists, CPI (M) district secretariat committee member Duvva Seshu Babji, assistant secretary of the CPI district unit T. Madhu and district leader of the CPI (ML) New Democracy J. Vekateswarlu called upon the public to make the State bandh scheduled for April 9 a grand success to register their protest against the prevailing power crisis.

They criticised the government for not taking into the account the problems of the common man in paying the power bills.

They observed that many industrial units were being closed due to the interruptions in power supply, rendering thousands of workers jobless. City secretary of the CPI (M) Palivela Veerababu, leader of the Rythu Sangham Alapati Prasad and others

were present.

Hunger strike

Bharatiya Janata Party’s newly elected national executive member and State general secretary Somu Veerraju, Rajahmundry city president and general secretaries Kshatriya Bala Subrahmanyam and Adabala Ramakrishna and others began indefinite hunger strike here on Monday against steep hike in power charges.

Inaugurating the hunger strike at local Gokavaram bus stand centre, Mr. Veerraju said that small and medium scale industries on which livelihood of lower classes is dependent are facing acute shortage of power and they hardly getting power four days a week and rest of the days closing down their units.

He said that the Congress government failed to adhere to its election promise to give free power to farmers and those who use more than 50 units of power have to pay a minimum of Rs. 500 per month.