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NDA, Left countrywide protest at price hike in petro products

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, June 7 (UNI) Left parties and the BJP and other NDA parties today intensified their nationwide protests against the UPA government's ''anti-poor and anti-people''decision to hike fuel prices and demanded a total rollback.

The capital for the second consecutive day today, witnessed protests against the steep hike in prices of petrol, diesel and CNG announced by the Centre on June five.

As part of its protests against the price hike, the Delhi BJP blocked traffic at many major intersections in the city like the Moti Nagar Chowk, Lal Sai Mandir Marg Road, Lajpat Nagar, Maujpur Chowk, GT Road, Vikas Marg and Badarpur red light crossing.

The main 'Chakka Jam' programme was held at the Moti Nagar Chowk, with BJP national president Rajnath Singh and Delhi Pradesh incharge Vijay Kumar Malhitra addressing the demonstrators. Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harshvardhan also participated in the blockade.

Addressing party workers, Mr Singh, sharply criticising the UPA government for the steep hike in prices of petroleum products, demanded that either the Congress-led UPA government bring the price rise under control or resign.

Stating that the hike in prices of petrol and diesel would have a cascading effect on all other items and hit the lay man hard, Mr Singh said, ''the move will not only result in truck and lorry rentals been jacked up but also increase the prices of all goods with their transporation costs going up.'' Addressing the protestors, Mr Malhotra said, ''in the last two years, prices of petrol and diesel have increased six times which has put a considerable burden on the common man.'' The day also saw the Delhi committee of the CPI(ML) New Democracy holding a protest at Jantar Mantar against the rise in prices of petroleum products.

The Socialist Unity Centre of India also held a demonstration in the Capital to protest against the hike in prices of petroleum products.

The SUCI also criticised the role of the Left parties like the CPI(M) and the CPI saying they were shedding crocodile tears on their plight of the common man while tacitly supporting the UPA Government.

In West Bengal, Left parties would refuse to accept any partial rollback of oil price hike, Left Front Committee Chairman Biman Basu said.

''We will not accept anything but a complete rollback of the hike in oil prices,'' Left Front Committee Chairman Biman Basu told reporters.

Coming down heavily on the Centre for the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, Mr Basu said the measure had been taken ignoring the alternative proposal of the left parties.

In Gujarat, BJP workers led by the state unit president Vajubhai Vala and Ahmedabad Mayor Amit Shah blocked the rail-traffic at the Kalupur railway station as a part of the party's nationwide agitation to protest the hike in petrol and diesel prices. In Rajkot, BJP workers halted the Saurashtra Mail for half-an-hour at the railway station as part of their protest.

Nearly 500 BJP workers, including Rajkot Mayor Dhansukh Bhandrei and standing committee chairman Nitin Bhardwaj assembled at the railway station and shouted slogans against the UPA government over the hike in petrol and diesel price.

Truck operators in Saurashtra halted their vehicles on highway for about an hour from 1100 hrs, to protest the hike in the petrol price of and diesel.

In Pondicherry, BJP workers held a demonstration before the Head Post Office and shouted slogans denouncing the Centre for the hike and demanded an immediate rollback.

AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa announced protest demonstrations in Tamil Nadu by her party and its allies on June 12.

In a statement, she said demonstrations would also be held in Pondicherry, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi on the same day.

She said the constituents of party-led Democratic People's Alliance, including the MDMK and the Dalit Panthers of India(DPI), would take part in the agitations to be staged before Central Government organisations in all district headquarters in the state.

In Orissa, BJP workers called for a token strike in protest against the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

In the state capital hundreds of BJP workers, led by Balasore Parliament Member Kharabel Swain and district President Dillip Mohanty, squatted on the road near Vani Vihar blocking the national highway number five.

'Rasta Roko' agitation was also organised at Cuttack, Jajpur, Talcher, Jaraka, Simluguda and Rayagada where the protestors blocked both the state and nation highway for more than an hour throwing traffic out of gear.


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