CPI(M) calls for agitation against fuel price hike
With the party's labour-wing CITU enforcing a 24-hour transport strike on Saturday in West Bengal, the state's ruling CPI(M) called for agitation to demand roll back of the hike in petro product prices by the Centre.kolkata Updated: Jun 26, 2010 19:08 IST
With the party's labour-wing CITU enforcing a 24-hour transport strike on Saturday in West Bengal, the state's ruling CPI(M) called for agitation to demand roll back of the hike in petro product prices by the Centre.
"We demand immediate withdrawal of the steep hike in prices of petro-products. The CPI(M) and Left Front are gearing up for agitations across the state to force the government to withdraw the fuel price hike," CPI(M) central committee member Mohammad Selim told reporters.
The decision came at a time when food inflation rate was around 17 per cent, he said and claimed the move to deregulate the price of petrol and diesel was aimed at enabling private companies and MNCs to earn profits.
Selim said the UPA government, which spoke of aam admi, instead of giving relief to the common man, was "burdening" them further.
He said the party's state committee, which began its two-day session to review the recent debacle of the Left Front in civic elections, would decide the course of action against the hike in petro products prices.
Meanwhile, state president of CITU Shyamal Chakraborty told reporters that the "successful" transport strike in the state reflected the people's protest against the UPA government-II's 'anti-people character'.
Referring to the inconvenience caused to the commuters due to the strike, he said "we also appeal to the people to bear with it since such disruption is bound to happen in the case of a state-wide strike."
Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee said when CPI(M) supported the UPA government-I there was rise in the prices of petroleum products several times.