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‘Fuel price hike is anti-people'

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Unburden common man by doing away with tax breaks to corporates: Left parties

PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

In protest mode:Leaders of Left parties staging a protest against hike in petroleum products in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

VIJAYAWADA: Registering their protest against the recent increase in the prices of diesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), activists of five Left parties staged a sit-in protest in front of the Sub-Collector's office here on Wednesday.

Raising slogans against the frequent increase in oil prices, the Left parties' activists demanded that the Centre roll back the recent hike in prices of the diesel and LPG and reclaim control of petrol pricing.

They said that the Union Government had shown its true colours after the elections.

‘Cascading effect'

The Centre was resorting to frequent rise in price of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, burdening the common man. The hike would have a cascading effect on prices of essential commodities, they said.

They said the Government could take the burden of fuel price hikes off the shoulders of the common man by doing away with the various tax breaks given to corporate houses.

The Centre should identify the root-cause of the price hike and take appropriate steps to plug the tendency of frequent hikes in prices of petroleum products. The Government was handing over the natural resources on a platter to the corporate companies like Reliance and to fill up the gap, it was burdening the common man, they pointed out.

The Left parties would continue to stage agitation, until the Government reversed its decision, they said, adding, “the people to be vocal in their protest against the anti-people decisions.”

The CPI district secretary Suryadevara Nageswara Rao, CPI(M) district V. Umamaheswara Rao, CPI(ML) district secretary M. Bhargavasri, CPI(ML) New Democracy secretary Rama Rao, and CPI(ML) Liberation leader Eswar spoke. CPI(M) city secretary R. Raghu, and State committee member Ch. Babu Rao were present.

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