Left, BJP protest fuel price hike in K'taka

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Bangalore, Jun 5 (UNI) The Left parties and the BJP organised day-long hartals in various parts of Karnataka today in protest against the hike in fuel prices by the Centre.

The agitators burnt the effigies of the UPA government and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, and demanded immediate roll-back of the price hike.

In the city, activists of CITU, ABVP, the Left parties and the BJP, staged protests in various points, including the Bangalore International Airport.

Protest rallies were also taken out in all the districts.

Condemning the fuel hike, protesters said the life of middle class and poor families would further worsen as they were already reeling under steep rise in the prices of groceries and provisions.

However, normal life was not affected and the protest was peaceful.

Though the price hike was inevitable it would lead to further inflationary trends, FKCCI said.

Members of the Karnataka Lorry Owners Federation took out a march, demanding withdrawal of fuel price hike.

Meanwhile, Minister V S Acharya told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the government would come out with its decision of reducing the state taxes on petroleum products on July 10 when the BJP government would present its maiden budget.

Opposition leader Mallikarjuna Kharge demanded that the state government reduce service tax and cess on petro products on the lines of the decision taken by the Maharashtra government.

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