AIADMK, TDP, Samajwadi Party, BJD, JD(S) and INLD have also have decided to call for a country-wide hartal on Jul 5, besides the four Left parties. The information was provided by a joint statement from the top leaders of CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc.
“On top of the food inflation at nearly 17 per cent and the general inflation rate in double digit, the Congress-led government has callously raised the fuel prices making the burden on the people unbearable," informed the statement signed by Prakash Karat (CPI-M), A.B. Bardhan (CPI), Debabrata Biswas (Forward Bloc) and T.J. Chandrachoodan (RSP).
They added that the Congress-led government has delivered 'another cruel blow' to the citizens by the fuel price hike steeply, de-regulating prices and leaving it to the market.
Left leaders informed that they have suggested some other secular opposition parties to join the hartal, which will be held from 6 am to 6 pm on Jul 5.
The political parties have informed that all the essential services including water, milk, electricity, hospital and emergency services will be avoided from the hartal.