12-hr bandh in Left-ruled states tomorrow against fuel hike

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New Delhi, Jun 4 (UNI) Dubbing ''suicidal'' the government decision to hike the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, the Left parties today called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh tomorrow in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura as part of their week-long nationwide agitation against the UPA's anti-people policy.

The CPI (M) and the CPI have also decided to organise a bandh on Friday in Tamil Nadu.

CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told UNI that the state units of the Left-ruled states have already announced the agitation programmes in their respective states.

Mr Karat said the government had made a substantial hike in fuel prices which will have a disastrous effect on the price rise front. Party senior leader Nilotpal Basu, condemning the decision as anti-people move, said this is something which the people of the country don't accept. ''They will definitely give an adequate response,'' he added.

Earlier in a joint statement, the four Left parties said this onslaught on the people came at a time when they were suffering the steep rise of all essential commodities and that it will further aggravate the inflationary situation.

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