CPI holds Centre responsible for price rise of essentials

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Patna, Jun 30 (UNI) The CPI today alleged that the UPA government at the Centre and Nitish Kumar government in Bihar were equally responsible for the rising prices of essentials in the state and announced that agitation would be launched soon to protest the inflation.

The resolution, adopted at the state executive meeting of the party here, said the Centre had miserably failed in checking the price rise of essentials and pointed out that the situation could not have turned so serious, if the Manmohan Singh government had taken appropriate measures in time.

'' The inflation figure touching 11.42 per cent is itself an indication how alarming the situation is and commonman is struggling to meet their both ends meet, '' the CPI leaders said and added that food situation was deteriorating in the country with each passing day.

In Bihar, the availability of essentials in the market had dwindled due to haordings, but the Nitish Kumar government had failed to take stern action against the offenders.

Public distribution system in the state had also collapsed during the Nitish Kumar regime as poor were not getting any benefit of various welfare schemes, launched by the state governmentr and the Centre, the CPI leaders lamented.

The CPI leaders demanded the Centre withdraw the forward trading of the 14 selected essential commodities immediately and said the price hike of petroleum and cooking gas should be rolled back as well.

The party appealed to all sections to support the Left-sponsored 'Bihar bandh' on August 20 in protest against the Centre's failure in checking price rise.

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