The Left parties, particularly CPI (M), CPI, CPI (ML-New Democracy) and CPI (ML), have decided to enlighten people in all nine Assembly constituencies from November 21 to November 30 on imposing power surcharge on domestic consumers.
Addressing a joint press conference here on Thursday, district secretaries M. Krishna Murty (CPI-M), P. Kameswara Rao (CPI), Mallick (CPI-ML-New Democracy) and B. Shankar Rao (CPI-ML) demanded that the government withdraw the surcharge on power consumers, lift power cut and scrap agreements entered into with merchant power projects.
Mr. Krishna Murty said that lopsided policies of the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government were the reason for the present situation in the state. Already, 50 lakh workers and people were facing hardship due to power cut. Following privatisation policy of the Centre, the state, barring merchant power plants, had not been receiving its due share from coal and gas reserves. Mr. Kameswara Rao said the surcharge of Rs. 13,000 crore imposed on consumers burdened them further and demanded that the government withdraw it immediately. He warned the government of another agitation on power.
Later, the CPI organised rasta-roko separately at RTC complex and burnt power bills. Party elders B. Suribab, and B. Ashok participated.