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Partial rollback of fuel prices unacceptable: Left

Left reiterated that fuel price hike could have been avoided if the Centre had rationalised duty structure.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 15:38 IST

Drawing up a weeklong programme of protest, West Bengal's ruling Left Front on Wednesday said that a partial reduction was unacceptable and there should be a complete rollback of the hike in prices of petrol and diesel.

"A partial rollback is unacceptable. We will carry out an extensive campaign to put pressure on the UPA government to rollback the price hike. The people have been hit by the price increase and as we are concerned with the people's interests, we have to launch a movement," LF chairman Biman Bose told reporters after a Front meeting in Kolkata.

Refusing to attach any importance to Petroleum Minister Murli Deora's statement ruling out the possibility of rollback, Bose, also a CPI-M politburo member said that the LF would react only if the Prime Minister spoke on the issue.

He reiterated that the fuel price hike could have been avoided if the Centre had rationalised the duty structure.

Announcing details of the protest, he said that a sit-in demonstration would be organised in front of regional offices of oil PSUsin Kolkataon June 13 when 'Protest Day' would be observed nationwide.

The form of protest has been left to the state units of left parties, which might include general strike and dharna (sit-in).

The left parties which would organise rallies against the price hike throughout the state on Wednesday, would campaign in markets in the city and the districts on June 11, while protest meetings, involving workers, would be held in front of the gates of factories on June 12, he said.

Processions would also be organised in rural areas in which peasant's organisations have been asked to join.

First Published: Jun 07, 2006 15:38 IST