No untoward incidents in Bagepalli

No untoward incidents in Bagepalli

Additional tax a burden, say protesters in Gauribidanur

The nationwide bandh called by the BJP, CPM and opposition parties, triggered by the Centres’ decision to escalate petrol prices was a total success in Bagepalli on Thursday.

No untoward incidents were reported during bandh.

The CPM and BJP activists took out to the streets from 6 am and blocked the Chintamani, Gulur and T B Cross Roads with boulders to prevent the movement of traffic.

Awareness on bandh was carried through pamplets and public address system. A notice was sent across to schools and colleges which is why they announced a holiday yesterday.

Autos, Maxi cab and tempos did not ply on roads, and government and private offices saw low attendance. Shops, theatre, banks also remained shut.  

Petty shops in a few wards which were open in the morning were forced to shut down by the pro-bandh activists.

Senior citizens and patients from Chintamani and Gulur Road had to walk around three kms because of lack of transport.

There was tight police security under the guidance of Circle Inspector Srinivasamurthy.In Gauribidanur.

“The UPA government during its three-year tenure has increased the price of petrol around 18 times which has caused inconvenience to the common man,” CPM activists said. They blocked the movement of vehicles by parking the bikes on the main roads on Gandhi Circle.

Though basic price of the petrol per litre is Rs 44.42, Union and State governments have levied tax of Rs 37.36 on the fuel. In addition to this including cess and excise tax one has to pay Rs 16.77, which has become a burden. 

CPM party leader, Siddagangappa said that only in Karnataka state five per cent entry tax is being levied on the petrol. The BJP activists shouted slogans against the UPA government in the Nagaiah Reddy Circle.

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