Hyderabad: Road blockades and dharnas marked the bandh called by NDA and Left parties to protest the steep hike in petrol prices in Andhra Pradesh Thursday.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the main opposition in the state, also extended support to the bandh.

In the state capital here, BJP and Left parties participated in dharnas and took out a rally protesting the hike in petrol prices.

State BJP president G Kishan Reddy and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and city president Venkat Reddy were among over 100 party workers taken into preventive custody when they staged dharna at busy Abids area, police said.

CPI(M) and CPI took out a rally from Narayanguda crossing to RTC cross road raising slogans against the UPA government. The Left party workers deflated tyes of five RTC buses which resulted traffic jam near RTC cross road.

B V Raghuvulu and Narayana, secretaries of CPI (M) and CPI, respectively, were taken into preventive custody along with party workers.

BJP, TDP and Left workers staged dharna in front of Uppal RTC depot preventing buses to come out as a mark of their protest.

According to reports reaching here, dharnas and road blocks were also organised in Nalgonda, Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad districts.


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