Left parties on Friday said that by "shielding" the corrupt and dealing with issues like price rise in an "irresponsible" manner, the Congress-led UPA government was inviting Egypt-like protests in the country.
"The UPA government at the centre is shielding the corrupt and dealing with people's issues like price rise in an irresponsible manner and by doing so it is inviting peoples outrage and Egypt like protests" leaders of CPI, CPM, Forward Block and Revolutionary Socialist Party said in a joint press meet in Lucknow.
"The situation is coming to a point when it might force Egypt-like protests in the country and the government is also realising the same and the arrest of former telecom minister, A Raja is indicative of this," CPI state secretary Girish said.
State secretary of the CPM Sriparakash Kashyap, while agreeing with Girish, said that Raja, in his statement, said that all the works related to spectrum were taken with the approval of the Cabinet and therefore the matter cannot be closed with his arrest alone.
Kashyap said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not disclosing the names of those who had deposited their black money in foreign banks "as a majority of them belonged to the Congress."
Questioning Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's silence over the death of several ITBP candidates in a recent accident in Shahjahanpur, state unit president of the Forward Block Ram Kishore said that it goes on to prove his concern for the youths of the country.
The leaders said that a rally would be organised by trade organisations of the country in New Delhi on February 23 against price rise and other issues.