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By Our Special Correspondent
CHENNAI, NOV. 9. Volunteers of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) today staged demonstrations in front of Central Government offices in districts protesting against the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products.
Members of different wings took part in a demonstration held near the Customs House here. Carrying placards and empty cooking gas cylinders, the activists raised slogans urging the Centre to immediately withdraw the "steep price hike." They also urged the Union Ministers representing the Democratic Progressive Alliance to quit the Government.
The AIADMK treasurer, C. Srinivasan, who led the demonstration, said this was the second Statewide agitation against the Centre's policies. Earlier, the party held demonstrations protesting against the reduction in the rate on employees provident fund.
The people would not be hoodwinked by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's "doublespeak" of continuing in the United Progressive Alliance Government and opposing the hike in the price of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, said Mr. Srinivasan.
The demonstration was held by the south, central and north Chennai units of the AIADMK.
The Bharatiya Janata Party also organised a demonstration in front of the Park Town post office.
S. Thirunavukkarasar, former Union Minister; G. Kumaravel, general secretary of the State unit, and K.N. Lakshmanan, Member of Legislative Assembly, were among those who took part in the protest.
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