The dissent from political parties has been steadily growing against the new proposals of the State government on power tariff hike.

On Monday, leaders of various political parties came together to stage a massive dharna at several places across the district opposing the government’s move to hike the power tariff.

At Kaloji centre in Hanamkonda, CPI district secretary T. Srinivasa Rao, CPI (M) district secretary G. Nagaiah, CPI (ML) Prathighatana leader M. Ilaiah, Forward Block E. Venu, CPI (ML Liberation) M. Raghupathi, MCPI leader S. Sambhaiah and scores of their supporters sat on a demonstration for the day. They raised slogans against the State government and criticised for its anti-people policies.

The leaders of the Left parties demanded that the State government immediately withdraw its proposed new power tariff.

Addressing the gathering, CPI (M) leader G. Nagaiah accused the government of trying to burden the people for no fault. “It is the government that should own the responsibility for bad handling of the power sector. But, it wants to pass on the buck to poor people by forcibly collecting money in the name of surcharge and new tariff. The Left parties will standby the people and fight against the government,” he said to the cheering crowd.

CPI leader T. Srinivasa Rao wanted the State government to admit its mistakes and inability to handle the power sector. It should rollback the tariff and withdraw the new proposals which are anti-people.

Meanwhile, the BJP leaders, who have undertaken indefinite fast opposing the new power tariff hike proposals, stay put for the second day at the temporary camp set up at APNPDCL office in Hanamkonda.

Correspondent adds: Demanding rollback of power tariff hike, activists of CPI, CPI(M) and CPI ML new democracy staged a dharna at Telangana chowk here on Monday.

As per the State-wide call, the members of the Left parties organised protest demonstration and burnt the effigy of the State government. The activists of BJP district unit on Monday continued their relay hunger strike for the second day.

Staff Reporter adds: Opposition parties in Adilabad continued to stage protests on Monday over the hike in power charges and long load-sheddings.

While TRS and the left parties demanded rollback of hike in power tariff, the BJP leaders sat on a hunger strike to express solidarity with their State president G. Kishan Reddy, who is on fast in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, BJP’s State Girijana Morcha president Sriram Naik was shifted to RIMS Hospital following a check up by doctors on Monday morning. He along with party’s district unit president Ayyannagari Bhumaiah and other leaders were on a hunger strike in front of the Collectorate for the second day.

  • The government should own the responsibility for bad handling of the power sector, CPI (M)

  • BJP leader Sriram Naik shifted to hospital after his health condition deteriorated