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CPI to step up protest against power tariff hike

CPI to step up protest against power tariff hike

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI will organise state-wide protests to government offices from May 6 against power tariff hike in Kerala.

CPI State secretary Pannyan Raveendran told a press-meet here Saturday that party workers including women, trade union activists and students would "lay a siege" to more than 200 government offices and other state-run institutions across the State on May 6.

"The UDF government and Electricity Board are cheating the people. The present hike is totally unjustifiable and the government's arguments for the hike were illogical. So, the party has decided to strengthen the stir against from the next week," he said.

As a prelude to the campaign, more than 30,000 party activists and sympathiseras, including women, had joined the protests held before 158 electricity board offices today (Saturday), he said.

The struggle would continue till the government withdrew the tariff hike, he said.

"The government had initially said the tariff would not be increased for households consuming upto 40 units. But the current hike in effect had covered them also, which is a naked breach of promise," CPI leader added.

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