Left parties demand Rs 10 lakhs each for victims

Hyderabad: Bharath Bandh sponsored by Left parties in protest against demonetization, evoked partial response in the two Telugu states on Monday. The Left parties’ leaders and activists at several places staged protests across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. RTC bus services were normal but at several places business establishments remained shut. However, the Left parties exempted banks and emergency services from the bandh.

In Hyderabad, the Left parties organized a protest rally from Sundaraiah Park to Indira Park. A large number of Left leaders and activists took part in the rally. Speaking on the occasion, the Left leaders demanded that the Centre pay Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the families of those died due to demonetization of big notes. They also demanded that the Centre bring back black money stashed in foreign countries.

The TPCC organized a human chain in front of the RBI in Hyderabad extending support to the Bharath Bandh call. TPCC Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other Congress leaders participated in the human chain. Later, Uttam Kumar Reddy and TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti VIkramarka tried to meet the higher officials of RBI but the police foiled their attempts.

In Vijayawada, the Left parties staged dharnas and organised protest rallies. The police arrested CPI state secretary Ramakrishna at the Lenin Center, where the CPI activists staged dharna. The APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy participated in the rally.

In Warangal, the BJP and Congress activists entered into heated arguments and jostled with each other when the Congress leaders tried to burn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effigy. The BJP activists foiled the Congress bid successfully. The police too prevented the protestors from trying to burn Modi’s effigy. In all districts in the two Telugu States, the Left parties and Congress party staged dharnas and protest rallies against the demonetization of big notes. -NSS

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