Bardhan says Left would launch nationwide anti-price rise in August

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Kolkata, July 13 (ANI): A B Bardhan, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), said that the Left Front would begin a countrywide agitation against the price rise from the month of August, as the government has refused to roll back the hike.

"We have decided to carry forward this movement against the price rise, particularly because, the government has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the voice of the people from all over the country who came out on the streets and observe the shutdown," said Bardhan.

Further he noted that the price hike, particularly of petroleum products has become a burden for the commoners.

"Everywhere, in all states, there will be processions, there will be Jatras (people's rallies), on jeep or cycle. There will be conventions. Here will be rallies. There might be picketing of government offices. All these forms of struggle will be used to intensify the agitation against the price rise, in particular also because the Parliament will be in session during that period," added Bardhan.

The federal government had raised the price of petrol by rupees 3.73 and diesel by rupees 2 per litre, and opposition parties say the hike in fuel prices will add to the already existing double-digit inflation. (ANI)

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