(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 14, 2010
Left Parties, TDP Protest Petro Hike
protests and picketings were organised
by the CPI(M), CPI and Telugu Desam parties on March 6 against the
prices of petroleum products by the UPA government in the latest
leaders of these parties, B V Raghavulu, K Narayana and N Chandrababu
Naidu along with scores of their
activists were arrested in
Left and TDP workers converged at
CPI state secretary K Narayana charged the state government of shielding the smugglers and black marketeers and thus encouraging the price rise. He felt the hike in price of diesel would have a cascading effect on prices of essential commodities, which are already at a peak. “Both Pranab Mukherjee at the centre and Rosaiah at the state were in effect picking the pockets of aam admi through such a hike.
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu felt that the enthusiastic participation in huge numbers in the dharna is an inkling of the anger among people against repeated hikes in prices of petroleum products by the UPA government. He deplored prime minister Manmohan Singh's statement that the hike in petroleum prices will not be rolled back. A handful of lawyers supporting separate Telangana state tried to disrupt the speech of Chandrababu Naidu leading to a mild clash between the lawyers and TDP workers. The police had to intervene and dispersed the clashing groups.
Earlier, in the day TDP, CPI and CPI (M) legislators came to the assembly with pushcarts "selling" essential food items and vegetables passing from Tank Bund and Secretariat. They also opened 'Manmohan Kirana store' near the Ambedkar statue on the Tank Bund road.
parties jointly held such protest
programmes in all cities and towns of the state on the same day
hike in prices of petro products by the UPA government.