'Declare C'ballapur drought-hit'

 The party activists led by Legislator K P Bachegowda staged a protest here on Wednesday and took out a rally on the main streets of the town. They held dharana in front of the assistant commissioner’s office and shouted slogans against the BJP government.

They demanded that power should be supplied for 12 hours in phase III and for eight hours in single phase.

They also said that there should not be interruption in power supply in the evening to make it convenient for the students to study regularly.

Demands

They also put forth many other demands including: replacing malfunctioning transformer within 24 hours; filling up vacancies in the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) office; and, withdrawing the ordinance that electricity will be supplied only if the the solar water heater is installed in the house. 

They submitted a memorandum to the executive engineer in the Bescom. They later took out a procession from the office to the assistant commissioner’s office where they demanded that the district should be declared drought-hit.

Some of the demands made by the protesters here are - providing fodder and water for the livestock as the district has received no rains; to initiate drought relief measures immediately; to distribute ration for the temporary BPL card holders; and to announce compensation for those farmers who suffered crop loss due to hailstorm.

JD(S) leaders K V Nagaraj, K R Reddy, G R Narayana swamy, K T Narayanaswamy, P Srinivas and Jayamma were present on the occasion.

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