Hyderabad: Employees of various organisations
and Left activists today held demonstrations across Andhra
Pradesh as part of the nation-wide strike called by major
trade unions against the "anti-labour" policies of the Central
CPI State Secretary K Narayana, who led the protest here,
charged that the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh has
imposed a heavy burden on common people in various forms like
hiking taxes and also VAT on traders.
"The people would teach a lesson to the Congress
government if it did not mend its ways," he said. CPI claimed
in a release that Narayana was taken into custody by police
and kept at the police station at Nallakunta.
The staff of various firms along with Left workers
squatted in front of their offices and also at bus stations of
APSRTC preventing buses from going out.
Several political parties including TDP and TRS have
expressed their support to the strike. The union of various
PSU bank employees gave a call for the strike opposing banking
sector reforms among other issues.