Left organise sit-in demonstrations in Bengal
Kolkata, Jun 13 (UNI) Left parties organised sit-in demonstrations and rallies in front of oil company offices throughout the state today as part nationwide protest programme against the hike in petrol price.
Aided by the Left Trade Unions, leaders and workers of the CPI(M), CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP gathered in strength in two-hour demonstrations from 3 PM in front of all regional headquarters and other offices in the city and districts, alleging that the Centre's decision was unilateral and anti-people.
Coming down heavily on the Congress-led UPA Government, CPI(M) State Committee secretary Biman Basu said at a rally that the UPA Government was going by the dictates of World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He said the agitation of the Left parties would continue till a complete rollback of the price hike.
Elsewhere, the Left speakers alleged that the Centre's decision would trigger a spiralling effect on the prices of essentials causing hardship to the common people.
They said the Government had ignored the suggestion of the Left parties for restructuring import tax on oil which would have neutralised the effect of the international crude price increase in the domestic retail market.
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