BJP, CPI(M) protest fuel price hike

SYED YASIR. Dated: 9/20/2012 11:54:42 PM

SRINAGAR, Sep 20: As part of country-wide protest against diesel and LPG price hike, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today staged protest demonstrations here. However, unlike rest of the country and parts of Jammu region, there was no impact of the call for strike over the issue.
In separately held protests, dozens of activists of the CPI (M) first staged a sit-in at Pratap Park here. While addressing the gathering, the party’s state secretary, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, said the “criminal policies” of the UPA government at the centre worsened the economic condition of the people.
Terming the diesel and LPG price hike as “yet another cruel blow” to the aam aadmi, he said the common man was already reeling under high inflation.
Questioning the functioning of the petroleum ministry, he said: “The oil companies and big corporate houses were offered packages and incentives at the cost of common man’s interests. There is no way out except to launch agitations in opposition.”
“Sustained and united movements have to be organised in order to protect the livelihood of the aam aadmi,” he added.
Tarigami said “we have a weak import-dependent economy. The hike will have deleterious effects on us.”
He said the hike would impact the entrepreneurship and transportation, and would escalate the costs of daily use commodities.
“It is unfortunate that taxed have not been reduced,” he said, adding the centre and the state should provide tax-relief to people.
The activists tried to march on the main road, but police foiled it.
Later in the forenoon, the BJP activists staged a rally here from Regal Chowk to the Press Colony here. The activists gathered at the Regal Chowk and, shouldering a mock-coffin named UPA, marched towards the clock tower. The police did not allow them to proceed beyond Press Colony where they eventually concluded the protest after shouting slogans and burning effigy of the government.
The activists, however, said that it was not a single day protest, “but we will continue till the government is forced to rollback the hike.”
The protesters said, "The plight of the poor is our main concern. With the increase in prices of diesel and food items, they are not able to afford even two square meals a day under such inflation.”



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