Police have arrested the left-party and other opposition leaders in various places in Andhra Pradesh as well as Telangana when they staged rally on Wednesday and participated in the BHARAT BAND.
Protesters were arrested in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kadapa, Guntur, Ongole, and other cities as they tried to prevent Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses from coming out of the depots.
Holding the flags of his party, against the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM), other leftist parties and trade unions, who have called for a strike. Get out on the streets, shouting slogans. Narendra Modi government’s ‘anti-people’ and ‘anti-worker’ policies.
Protesters, including activists from Muslim and other minority groups, also called for the repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. They chanted slogans against the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Striking employees at the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), as well as leaders of trade unions and left-wing parties, staged a protest. Trade unions claim that 30,000 steel plant employees are participating in BHARAT BAND’.
Demonstrators shouted ‘POSCO Go Back’. He demanded that the government abandon VSP’s privatization plans under the auspices of a joint venture with POSCO, a South Korean steel maker.
The leaders and activists of the Left parties tried to disrupt RTC services in Vijayawada, Ongole and Guntur.
The Left parties and Congress staged a road blockade on Vijayawada-Hyderabad national highway. CPI state secretary K. Ramakrishna was among those arrested by the police. Ramakrishna condemned the arrests of peaceful protesters.
He alleged that the Modi government is adopting anti-people policies. “We are demanding the government to protect public sector undertakings and safeguard the interests of employees and workers,” he said.
The CPI leader said the government should rollback the CAA and abandon its plans to hold NRC and NPR.