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Protest against bus fare hike continues

January 23, 2018 08:07 pm | Updated 08:07 pm IST - COIMBATORE

Students of a few colleges and members of the youth wing of the Tamil Maanila Congress staged protests in Coimbatore on Tuesday against the hike in bus fare.

According to sources, the TMC cadre led by youth wing’s State president Yuvaraj went to the Collectorate in four bullock carts and presented petition to the district authorities seeking withdrawal of the hike.

Mr. Yuvaraj said that at a time when the State Government had lost the confidence of the people, it was taking anti-people policies and one such move was to effect an upward revision in bus fare. The TMC was opposed to the fare hike because it was against the common man.

He also condemned the Ministers for spreading falsehood while justifying the bus fare hike. On January 29, the party would hold a State-wide protest, he added.

In the city, around 100 students of the Government Arts College, Coimbatore, staged a protest for around 10 minutes by shouting slogans against the bus fare hike. Students of Kongunadu Arts and Science College and Government Law College, Vadavalli, staged protests.

Around 30 students from the Kongunadu Arts and Science College and more than 200 students from the Law College took part, the police added.

The trade union wing of the SDPI staged a protest against regular fuel prices hike. The police said that around 50 members of the party sought revision in auto rickshaw fare and wanted the Union and State Governments to repair the roads under their maintenance.

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