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Opposition leaders seek support

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TIRUNELVELI: Accompanied by local leaders of alliance parties, the former Industries Minister and State secretary of Jayalalithaa Paeravai, Nainar Nagendran, mobilised support from people from various walks of life for the July 5 nationwide general strike here on Saturday.

The district secretary of Communist Party of India, R. Shanmugavel, AITUC office-bearer Kasi Viswanathan, Tirunelveli city All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) secretary ‘Popular' V. Muthiah, Tirunelveli City district secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) K.M.A. Nizam, MDMK south zone spokesman ‘Minnal' Mohamed Ali, and district secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) V. Palani accompanied the former minister as he started his campaign from Thatchanallur.

He met the office-bearers of various associations and appealed for their participattion in the bandh.

Speaking to reporters earlier, Mr. Nainar Nagendran said that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre had upwardly revised the fuel prices on 18 occasions in the past six years that had very serious impact on the public, particularly on the poor and the middleclass, which had already been hit hard by the inflation.

As the nationwide bandh was being organised by the Opposition in protest against the fuel price increase considering the best interest of the public, traders, transport sector etc., everyone should support the general strike.

“To mobilise support for this genuine protest, we'll meet the public, traders, hoteliers, owners of bus companies, autorickshaw drivers and all others concerned. Though this is a protest against the Central Government and the State Government that refuse to cut excise duty on the fuel to bring down its price, we'll not allow to happen anything that will undermine law and order situation,” said Mr. Nainar Nagendran adding that any decision on staging road roko would be taken only by the party high command.

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