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Udupi: Unique protest march held with bullock cart condemning price hike

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Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Jul 10: Condemning the state government for price hikes in petrol, diesel and electricity, Udupi Zilla Nagarika Samithi members staged a protest led by social worker Nithyananda Volakadu at Chittharanjan circle on Tuesday, July 10.

The protestors grabbed attention after taking out a march with bullock carts, carrying rice bags their heads and beating drums.

“The state government has increased the prices for crude oil, electricity, daily needs and reduced the quantity of rice from 7kg to 5kg which was provided to poor people for free. The poor will suffer due the insensitive decision taken by the state government,” said Nithyananda Volakadu.

Earlier, the Congress-led state government introduced Annabhagya, but after the coalition government came into force, the quantity of rice has been reduced and daily life is affected due to price rise.

He said that the coalition government has neglected the coastal region in the budget. He also alleged that the present government did not give attention to demands of MP’s and MLA’s of Dakshina and Udupi.

“The government should reduce price of petrol and also increase the quantity of rice to 10 kgs for poor. The cost of electricity should be reduced. If the government does not adhere to our appeals, citizens of Udupi will hold a massive strike and call for a district bundh,” he challenged.

The protest march started from Diana Circle, passed through Kavi Muddana street and took U-turn at Clock Tower, passing through Triveni circle and ending up at Chittaranjan circle.

Prakash, president of Auto Rickshaw and Tempo Owners, Labourers Union, Shivanand, Yamunappa, Vinayachandra, Rajesh Divakar and other members of the civil committee partook in the protest.

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  • Santosh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Shameless BJP

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Modis Bail ghaadi promotion

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 11 2018


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  • vincent rodrigues, Bangaluru/Jatapadi

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    The cause of the protest is more important than the way the protest is conducted

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Union Govt is saying GST collection surpassed expectations.
    Why can't then they bring crude oil under the ambit of GST
    and reduce prices and overall inflation.
    If they can force demonetization, GST and E-way bill who stops them
    to bring crude under GST?
    Who stops them from reforming judiciary and railways?
    Promising times are over, its time to act now 😃

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  • Truth Teller, Karnataka

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Were these people unconscious when Modi government burdening people on every front?.

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  • Fayaz, Mangalore /Dubai

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Really ache din mitron mera DESH is developing
    Good no pollution of noise smoke it's green days of india
    Its sabka Sath modi ka bikes
    Vote for modi modi modi
    What a wave

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Modi saab is responsible for Petrol and diesel price. People of Udupi and DK are responsible for reduction of ration. They prefered hindutwa and not development.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    ಇಡೀ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಜಿಪಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ತೈಲ ಬೆಲೆ ಏರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಎಲ್ಲಿದರು ಇವರು
    ಇವರ ಬಾಯಿಂದ ಬಂದ ಮಾತು ತೈಲ ಬೆಲೆ ನೂರಾದರು ಚಿಂತೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಫುಲ್ ಸಪೋರ್ಟ್
    ಏನಾಯಿತು ಈಗ ನೂರು ಆಗಲ್ಲಿಲವಲ್ಲ
    ಮೋದಿಯ ಪೆಟ್ರೋಲ್ ಬೇರೆಯೇ ? ಕುಮಾರಣ್ಣನ ಪೆಟ್ರೋಲ್ ಬೇರೆಯೇ ?

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  • Arjun, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Poor people gets benefits from government as most of them have BPL card, rich people have money so they are not worried. The real sufferers are middle class section . Rice from 7kg to 5kg will not be a huge affect, i personally know so many people who sell those rice for others.

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  • Bala K, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Next few years these protests will intensify.Because of the cheaper schemes of our cheap political leaders for their cheap vote hunting.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Modi's Development ...

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    This Govt will make all these people street beggars very soon.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    SJM, Mangalore — yes you are right, the Central Govt run by Fakendranath Modi and his chaddi brigade is not only making people street beggars , but soon make the country go around with a begging bowl!

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