Left activists on streets to protest fuel price hike
Scores of CPI(M) activists took to the streets in New Delhi on Tuesday to protest the increase in fuel prices.india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 22:00 IST
Scores of CPI(M) activists took to the streets in New Delhi on Tuesday to protest the increase in fuel prices and demanded an immediate rollback of the 'anti-people' measure.
Raising anti-government slogans, party activists gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi as part of the nationwide agitation against the government's decision.
Addressing the gathering, CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu said "we are approaching like-minded parties to launch a nationwide agitation against the unjustifiable hike."
Lashing out at the government, CPI national secretary D Raja urged all sections of the society to wage a nationwide agitation till the decision is reversed.
"We strongly oppose the government decision. Already, there is a steep increase in the prices of essential commodities and the oil price hike will have a cascading effect, which will increase the burden on poor people."
Condemning the "fifth fuel price hike during the two-year-old UPA government", All India Democratic Women's Association expressed fear that its inflationary impact would affect the lives of the common people.
Criticising the Centre's decision, the Left parties had on Monday decided to organise a nationwide agitation on June 13 to register their protest in this regard.
Government has decided to hike petrol price by Rs 4 a litre and diesel by Rs 2 per litre but spared any hike in retail selling price of domestic cooking gas (LPG) and kerosene for Public Distribution System (PDS).