TAMIL NADU

Protest against fuel price increase evokes mixed response

Expression of dissent: Left parties taking out a procession in protest against the rise in prices of petrol, diesel and gas in Udhagamandalam. —

Expression of dissent: Left parties taking out a procession in protest against the rise in prices of petrol, diesel and gas in Udhagamandalam. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Special Correspondent

Buses, autorickshaws, taxies run as usual

Udhagamandalam: The general strike called by the left parties in protest against the hike in fuel prices evoked a mixed response in the Nilgiris district. Normal life was not hit in Ooty. Buses, autorickshaws, taxies etc plied as usual and all the commercial establishments, government offices remained open.

The CPI (M) and CPI jointly organised a procession from the central bus stand to the ATC bus stop. To express their anguish over the steep hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG and to show how much the people will be affected, the processionists pulled a bullock cart with a scooter mounted on it and a couple of vehicles. It was led by the CPI(M) district secretary L. Thiagarajan.

In Gudalur and surroundings, including Pandhalur, Cherambadi and Iyyankoli all the shops remained closed. While autorickshaws and jeeps did not run buses plied as usual. However, the number of passengers was lesser than usual.

A procession led by N. Vasu of CPI (M) and Balakrishnan of AITUC was taken out.

At Kotagiri the majority of the shopkeepers downed shutters. Autorickshaws, taxies and jeeps did not run. A demonstration was held near the bus stand. Among those who participated was the district secretary CPI A. Bellie.

At Coonoor autorickshaws and taxies went off the roads. However, shops remained open. Some of the labourers in the market did not work.

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