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Left parties protest against hike in diesel, LPG prices

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Leaders threaten to intensify agitation against the policies of UPA

— PHOTO: BASHEER

IN AGITATION MODE:Leaders and activists of Left parties taking out a rally in Srikakulam on Wednesday.

SRIKAKULAM: Activists of Left parties staged a protest in Srikakulam town on Wednesday against increase in the prices of diesel and cooking gas. Leaders of CPI and CPI (M) alleged that the government was frequently revising the petro prices under the guise of huge losses to oil marketing companies. The alleged that the government was not considering its cascading affect on other essential goods following steep increase in diesel prices.

Activists of Left parties organised various protests and rallies urging the government to roll back the prices immediately as common man was not in a position to bear the additional burden. They also asked the State government to slash taxes so that the prices of diesel, petrol, and cooking gas would come down.

Left party leaders Ch. Sundarlal and Chowdary Tejeswara Rao threatened to continue their agitation with the support of all sections of people opposing the policies of the UPA government.

Traffic disrupted

VIZIANAGARAM: CPI (M), CPI, IFTU, and APFTU on Wednesday jointly staged protest demonstrations by holding LPG cylinders aloft at RTC Complex here asking the government to roll back the increase in the prices of kerosene, diesel, and LPG.

Vehicular traffic was disrupted following the agitation. CPI district secretary P. Kameswara Rao, CPI (M) divisional secretary Reddi Sankara Rao, IFTU district secretary K. Sanyasi Rao, and APFTU leader Reddi Narayana Rao led the demonstrators.

Mr. Kameswara Rao said that the UPA government enhanced the prices of petroleum products 21 times during the last seven years. The poor had been suffering silently and bearing the burden of soaring prices of essential commodities due to the lopsided policies of the Central and State governments. He condemned the reported statement of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy that people must have to bear the burden for continuation of welfare schemes. He urged the Centre to bear the burden by waiving taxes.

The party leaders threatened to intensify the agitation in the days ahead.

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