Cabbies in Bengaluru turn beggars to drive home their point

They also started a novel protest of seeking alms to generate money to ‘bribe’ the government to resolve the issues.

Published: 27th February 2017 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2017 04:53 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Cab drivers affiliated to aggregators Ola and Uber have decided to continue their indefinite strike. They also started a novel protest of seeking alms to generate money to ‘bribe’ the government to resolve the issues.

“It’s been nearly a week since we started the strike but neither the government nor the cab aggregators have taken any initiative to resolve the issues. We have realised that the government will not take any action without a bribe. So we have decided to beg at various traffic signals in the city to highlight our plight to the public,” said Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers’ and Owners’ Union.

In Hyderabad too, cab drivers turned beggars to protest against the government. “We sought space to stage a hunger protest but the police did not give us permission. We are highlighting our issues without harassing the public. On Sunday, our drivers collected alms at traffic signals on MG Road and near UB City,” Pasha said.

Interestingly, the protest is slowly taking a political colour as Janata Dal (Secular) state president H D Kumaraswamy has been requested to intervene in the matter by a few drivers’ associations.

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