The protests by Opposition parties against hike in the power tariff continued unabated for the third day on the trot, even as the public increasingly seemed to be attracted to the fight against the rise, if their participation is taken into account.
All the political parties including the Left parties continued with their protests for the third day. While the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) organised a signature collection campaign against the government’s decision to hike the power tariff, the YSRC and the Left parties stuck to sit-in protests and raised slogans against the government.
The mood at the TDP signature camp, set up at clock tower centre in Anantapur, was upbeat with unforeseen response from the people to the cause. Throughout the day, a constant flow of people was witnessed as more than 2,000, mostly passersby, signed against the power tariff hike.
Speaking at the camp, the TDP leader Mahalakshmi Srinivas accused the government of being heartless as people were made to face problems across the State through power tariff hike and demanded that the government step down if it was not capable of solving the power crisis.
On the other hand, the YSRC led a strong protest march to the RDO office, where they organised a sit-in protest.
Speaking to the press, YSRC leader Kogatam Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy said the government has forgotten its most basic duty of safeguarding the farmer.
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