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TDP protests against rising fuel prices across Andhra


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supporters and cadres demonstrated against the Andhra Pradesh government over rising fuel prices on Saturday.

Hundreds of supporters responded to a call given by TDP national president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to stage mass protests against rising prices of fuel and essential commodities.

The demonstrators protested by pulling a four-wheeler with ropes and moving two-wheelers on rickshaws and bullock carts.

The TDP supporters also raised slogans against the Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led state government and alleged that it is not taking any measures to help the poor families suffering from ‘unbearable’ prices.

The protests were held in all the 175 Assembly constituencies in the state.

In Srikakulam, police denied permission for a bike rally at Kotabommali, after which the TDP state president Kinjarapu Atchannaidu and MP Rammohan Naidu took out a padyatra (walkathon) till Kotabommali Ryot Bazaar.

At Denduluru in West Godavari district, former MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar took a bullock cart ride to symbolically show that people are ‘unable’ to bear ‘exorbitant’ fuel prices.

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‘Sky is limit’ for fuel prices in Andhra Pradesh: TDP


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary Nara Lokesh on Saturday alleged that “sky is the limit” for fuel prices in Andhra Pradesh, demanding the government slash tax burden on petrol and diesel.

“Fuel prices are zooming like sky is the limit. With record breaking prices, petrol is Rs 108 per litre and diesel Rs 100 per litre,” said Lokesh.

He said these exorbitant fuel prices are “sucking people’s blood worse than leeches”.

The TDP’s second in command questioned as to why Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is not slashing taxes on fuel and alleged that it indicates the magnitude of the government plundering the masses.

On Saturday, TDP leaders and cadres protested against the high fuel prices and consequently expensive goods and services by standing in a ring of fire in Nellore town near Gandhi statue.

The TDP leaders sent across a message hinting that a common man’s life is like burning inside a ring of fire under Reddy’s rule.

Earlier, Lokesh met with the representatives of students and youth unions to discuss the problems being faced by unemployed youth.

He demanded the government to cancel the recent jobs notification and called for a new one with 2.3 lakh jobs, declaring TDP’s support will be there for a protest being planned in Tadepalli for jobs.

Meanwhile, TDP MLC Gummidi Sandhya Rani demanded the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to launch a full-fledged inquiry into the alleged illegal bauxite mining activities in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts’ agency areas.

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Andhra cuts petrol, diesel prices by Rs 2


In a move to provide some relief to people reeling under increasing fuel prices, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre in the state.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced in the state Assembly that this decision will come into effect from Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh has the third highest percentage of VAT on petrol (35.77 per cent) after Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and highest 28.08 per cent on diesel.

Naidu said owing to the reduction in VAT, the state would lose Rs 1,120 crore in revenues annually.

He made the announcement on a day when the Congress and the Left parties called nation-wide shutdown to protest fuel price hike.

The activists of Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) also took part in the protests against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government across Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Telangana.

Naidu, whose party pulled out of NDA in March, accused the Centre of misleading the people by attributing the steep hike in the prices of petrol and diesel to growing crude oil prices globally.

The TDP chief pointed out that the crude oil price during 2013-14 was 105.52 dollars per barrel but even when the price fell to 46 dollars, the NDA government did not pass on the benefit to common man.

Naidu said the current price of crude oil is 72.23 dollars but the Narendra Modi government is increasing the prices every day, burdening the common man.

He demanded that the Centre, too, provide relief to people by cutting down taxes on fuel prices.

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