JDS, Left to protest against price hike on February eight

Bangalore, Feb 3 (PTI) Opposition JDS along with Leftparties would stage a dharna on February eight to protestagainst price rise and ''flawed'' policies of the Centre, aheadof the national level protest on the issue.

Talking to reporters here, JDS supremo Deve Gowda blamed''flawed'' policies of the UPA government and hoarding by vestedinterest for the rise in prices of essential commodities.

He also demanded that the state government take actionagainst illegal hoarding which had resulted in the situation.

Nagaraj, General Secretary of CPM, said that the Februaryeight protest would culminate in New Delhi where a protestagainst price was scheduled be held on February nine.

He alleged that futures and forward trading had resultedin price rise and the food grain availability in the countryhad slipped compared to the US and China.

The parties demanded a universal food distribution systemand immediate disbursal of rice and wheat stored in variousgodowns and encouraging food production.

It also demanded reduction in tax structure on petroleumproducts to ease the inflation situation.

A demonstration would also be held against price riseon February 23 by trade unions, he said.

On the demand for a JPC probe on the 2Gs pectrum scam,Nagaraj said that a decision on it would be taken on Februarynine.

Gowda said though the JDS favoured a JPC, it would notattempt to stall the proceedings of the Parliament.

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