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Protest against increase of diesel, gas prices

Staff Reporter

Withdrawal of value-added tax on cooking gas welcomed


Upward revision of price of petroleum products comes at a time when the common man is unable to bear the inflation.




PRICE SPIRAL: Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India activists staging a demonstration against hike in prices of diesel and cooking gas in Madurai on Wednesday.

MADURAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was adopting double standards of allowing the Centre to increase the price of diesel and cooking gas on one hand and demanding the State Government to reduce the tax on those products on the other, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has said.

Addressing a demonstration against the price increase here on Wednesday, party urban district secretary and Madurai South MLA, R. Annadurai, said the upward revision of price of petroleum products came at a time when the common man was unable to bear the inflation. The lorry operators have threatened to go on strike.

Concessions

“The Centre that has been giving lot of concessions to the multi-national companies and domestic giants, but increased the prices of diesel and cooking gas that would hit the poor and middle class,” he said. The price of petroleum products was the highest in India among the neighbouring countries due to higher taxation, he said.

He welcomed the withdrawal of value-added tax on cooking gas announced by the State Government.

Office-bearers of various Left parties, M.N. Mayileri, C. Thomas, B. Kalidass and M. Saravanan (all Communist Party of India), B. Vickraman (CPI-M), M. Ramesh (All India Forward Bloc), were among those who participated in the protest.

Back to firewood

As a mark of protest, women cooked food on the road using firewood.

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