IMPHAL, May 29: The state unit of the BJP has appealed to the people of the state to support the May 31 nation-wide Bharat bandh called by NDA against the steep petrol price-hike.
The bandh has been called from 5am to 5pm on May 31, informed a press statement of the Manipur State unit of the BJP.
It has further continued that the BJP, Manipur Pradesh strongly condemn the Congress led UPA government’s efforts to burden the common people with the latest petrol price hike at Rs 7.52 per litre.
The food price inflation is hovering in the region at 17% to 20% and people are feeling the real pinch of overall price rise, it said.
Instead of providing the relief to the common man, the government is bent upon taking the petroleum prices to new heights which clearly is anti-people policy, it said.
The Government argument about increase in international prices is bogus as even with the present global prices, the petrol would be available at Rs 35 per litre, if there are no taxes, the press statement continued.
“BJP, Manipur Pradesh demands that consumer should not be asked to pay more either for subsidising the inefficiencies of oil PSUs or jacking up profits of the pvt oil companies. BJP, Manipur Pradesh also demands withdrawal of latest petrol price hike. Further, BJP, Manipur Pradesh appeals to all concerned for support and co-operation for successful organisation of the bandh” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Manipur State Council, CPI has today appealed to the people of the state to join in the nation-wide ‘All India Protest Day’ on May 31 called by the Left parties against the steep price hike.
The appeal was made by the party secretary Dr M Nara during a press conference at the party’s office this evening.
Briefing the press he said that the UPA government is trying to protect the interest of the rich industrialists by hiking the petrol prices.
In the process it has put another burden on the common man of the country.
Demanding a rollback in the petrol price, he said that a country wide protest has been called on May 31.
The CPI, Manipur State Council on its part will be organizing a cease-work strike on the day supported by its frontal organizations. He has also urged the people of the state to participate in the agitation.
He has further appealed to all owners of vehicles plying along the roads of the state to stop their service, educational institutes to remain closed and business establishments to down their shutters on the day as a mark of protest.