Firm on their demand for a complete roll back of power tariff hike, the opposition parties are gearing up for a State-wide bandh on Tuesday.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, under pressure from opposition parties and appeal from his own party leaders, announced some relief from the steep hike in tariff approved by the APREC last week.
Terming it too meagre, the opposition demanded a complete roll back as people were already being burdened by the FSA charges from time to time. The Left parties followed it up with the State-wide bandh call and got support from the Telugu Desam, YSRC and other political parties. BJP too gave a separate bandh call.
Minister Danam Nagender, however, while speaking to media-persons on Monday termed the bandh call as an effort to gain political mileage. He said the government was already bearing a power subsidy burden of Rs.6,300 crore.
People were not so gullible as to get carried away by crocodile tears being shed by TDP, he said. Various examinations slated for Tuesday in Osmania University have been postponed in view of the bandh.