Political parties in AP protest petrol price hike

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Hyderabad, Feb 15 (UNI) Various political parties today organised rallies and took out processions in Andhra Pradesh to protest the hike in petrol and diesel prices by the Centre.

The United National Progressive Alliance would agitate along with the Left parties in different states, demanding withdrawal of the hike, its convener and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu told reporters outside the state Assembly here.

''We will finalise joint struggles in different states in protest against the hike, seventh time since the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power at the Centre,'' Mr Naidu said.

The hike would badly hit the common man, already suffering from over 300 per cent increase in the prices of essential commdities, he said, asserting, ''We will not rest till the UPA government rolled back the hike.'' A report from Tirupati said members of the opposition parties, holding placards and banners took out rallies. They conducted awareness camp on alternative petro products at various places in the temple town.

Leaders and activists of the TDP raised 'anti-government' slogans during the rally that traversed through the main streets of the town.

About 100 CPM cadres led by leader K Murali, took out a procession from the party office to Leela Mahal, where they blocked the road for more than half an hour. They burnt an effigy representing Central government as a mark of protest against the petrol price hike.

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