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BJP and NDA to protest petroleum hike on June 19

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New Delhi, Jun 13 (UNI) The BJP and its NDA allies will organise nation-wide protests against the hike in petroleum prices at the district level on June 19 to draw the attention of the people towards the retrograde steps taken by the UPA government, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said here today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the BJP and its NDA allies would jointly hold demonstrations, protests at the state and central levels where senior BJP leaders would join the protests. They would also focus attention on the proposed hike in issue price of Public Distribution System and reduction in the quantum of allocations to the families living below the poverty line.

He said he failed to understand the rationale behind the Left Parties protesting on the streets against petroleum hike when the very existence of the government depended on their support.

''They give green signal inside the Parliament and protest on the streets. They should tell their position to the people and this kind of 'dramabazi' will not go down well with the common man,'' he said.

The Left also allowed the government to come out with anti-working class policies such as reduction of EPF rates to 8.5 per cent from 9.5 per cent, he added.

He said Congress President Sonia Gandhi had visited Ananthapur during the Telugu Desam regime when farmer suicides were taking place and over 3,000 farmers had committed suicides after the Congress government had taken over in Andhra Pradesh. ''What prevents her from visiting the affected farmers' families? '' he said.

He said although the wheat production in the country this year was normal, the policy of non-procurement by the FCI had compelled the nation to import wheat giving abnormal prices to the imported wheat.

To a question on the IT Deparment issuing notices to Amitabh Bachchan family members, Mr Naidu said while everyone was equal before law, picking one family for a 'special treatment' gives rise to intentions of the government. Earlier, Jaya Bachchan was disqualified from her Rajya Sabha membership and the actor was served IT notices when he was sick in bed and now his son is also issued notices. ''We can't deny that he is a celebrity having his own following,'' Mr Naidu remarked.

On Rahul Mahajan facing problems with police authorities, the BJP was sad and concerned about what had befallen on the family. The party was watching the developments and would react if necessary.

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