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Coimbatore: The Trade and Industry Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed support to the October 22 strike called by the industry in Coimbatore to protest the power cut.

The cell’s State Observer S.R. Seghar has said that a public interest litigation petition would be moved in the High Court against the “discrimination” in load-shedding.

Mr. Seghar said it was unfair to impose power cut for many hours in many parts of the State and limit it to one or two hours in areas such as Chennai. When industries in places like Coimbatore reeled under long hours of power cut, the Government ensured proper supply to multi-national companies. “We condemn this special treatment to multi-national companies,” he said.

Demonstration

Meanwhile, in a release the secretary of the BJP State unit, G.K.S. Selvakumar, has said that the party would extend support to the strike and participate in the rally and demonstration protesting against the power cut.

He said that Coimbatore district was reeling under power cuts for nearly six-and-a-half hours every day.

The industries have been instructed not to draw power for their operations from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

These developments had resulted in small and tiny industries facing the threat of closure.

The steep hike in prices of raw materials, including iron, had already put the industries on a rough patch.

The party has also threatened to picket the Electricity Minister, Arcot N. Veerasamy, whenever he visited Coimbatore, the release said.

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