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Left parties demand rollback of fuel prices

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‘Congress targeting poor while giving concessions to rich'

KURNOOL: Activists of Left parties staged a combined protest here on Wednesday against the hike in fuel prices. They burnt the effigies of the State and Central governments for the repeated hikes in the prices of fuel.

CPI(M) district secretary T. Shadrak, CPI district secretary K. Ramanjaneyulu, New Democracy secretary P. Gokari and leaders of Forward Bloc took part in the protest.

They said the Congress government was targeting the poor and vulnerable classes by imposing taxes, while the rich were being given all kinds of concessions. It was nothing but misuse of power.

The State government remained silent to the hike which affected all sections of people.

They said the government at the Centre had lost the moral right to continue in power because of failure to handle the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. The Left parties planned to launch a huge movement against the fuel price hike in the State as well as the country.

‘Congress unconcerned'

KADAPA: CPI and CPI (M) functionaries staged a dharna in front of the Kadapa Collectorate demanding rollback of the prices of diesel, kerosene and LPG.

The UPA government was increasing fuel prices frequently and a Rs. 25 hike on an LPG refill would pose a burden on the common man and middle classes, CPI district secretary P. Krishnamurthy and CPI (M) K. Linga Murthy said. They charged the UPA government with being unconcerned about the plight of people, who were already hard-hit by the skyrocketing prices of all the commodities.

They demanded rollback of the fuel prices and urged the State government to reduce value added tax on fuel as done by West Bengal and Haryana governments. CPI city secretary G. Chandra and CPI(M) leaders N. Ravisankar Reddy, S. Magbul Basha, S. Sudhakar and others participated.

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