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Left parties seek rollback of hike in fuel price

Special Correspondent

Leaders and activists stage rasta roko at Maddilapalem


Traffic comes to a standstill due to the agitation by Left parties' activists

Increase in fuel prices adversely affecting people, say leaders of Left parties


— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

IN AGITATION MODE:CPI and CPI (M) district secretaries J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy and Ch. Narsinga Rao being arrested along with other Left party activists during rasta roko in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Left parties staged a rasta roko at the busy Maddilapalem junction here on Wednesday in protest against the recent increase in the price of diesel, kerosene, and LPG.

CPI, CPI (M), MCPI (U) and CPI (ML-New Democracy) jointly organised the protest leading to the traffic coming to a standstill for several kilometres on either side. Police moved in and removed the leaders and workers and took them away to the III Town Police Station. District secretaries of CPI, CPI (M) J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy and Ch. Narasinga Rao, M.N. Patnaik of MCPI, Kondayya of CPI (ML-ND) and others were taken into custody.

Leaders of the left parties slammed the Central Government for steadily increasing the price of fuel while claiming that it was poor man's government. The increase in fuel price was adversely affecting the people as prices of all commodities were shooting up. There was no need to increase the price of diesel and other fuels since the oil companies were not suffering losses as claimed by the government, they said.

The Left parties would intensify the struggle if the prices of fuels were not rolled back.

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