VIJAYAWADA: Activists of the two major Left parties -- the CPI and the CPI (M) -- and the Telugu Desam Party staged a dharna in front of the Krishna Milk Union parlour at the Lenin Centre to register their protest against the hike in milk price to customers here on Tuesday.
Addressing the activists, CPI city secretary K. Subba Raju said the people were already overburdened by the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and the increase of milk price by the union was like the proverbial ‘last straw’ that broke the camel’s back. Mr. Subba Raju demanded the union to roll back the increase. CPI (M) State committee member Ch. Babu Rao urged the union to roll back the hike before there was a revolt from the general public. TDP urban general secretary Nagul Meera said the primary duty of a cooperative society was to provide milk and milk products at a reasonable price.
In a continuation of the protest against the price rise, the activists of the three different parties stopped vans transporting milk to various booths in the city in the afternoon. CPI activists stopped vans at Sitara Theatre Centre in Bhavanipuram under the leadership of former corporator Kaparthi Lakshman Rao. Milk union vans were stopped by CPI (M) and TDP activists at a few other places in the city.
Meanwhile, PCC executive member Kolanukonda Sivaji in a statement alleged that the State government and APDDCF could not be made accountable for the hike in milk price.