CPP to observe Bharat Bandh in Manipur

CPP to observe Bharat Bandh in Manipur
Manipur Youth Congress Mahila Congress staging protest in Imphal against fuel price hike on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 8 | Publish Date: 9/8/2018 11:55:46 AM IST

Committee of Political Party (CCP), a common platform of opposition political parties in Manipur Saturday announced its support to the proposed one-day “Bharat Bandh” on September 10.

The Congress has called the countrywide bandh over rising fuel prices with the supports extended by several opposition parties.

Addressing media persons Imphal Congress Bhavan, CCP convener RK Anand said that people were aware of ever increasing prices of petrol and diesel. With the prices skyrocketed, people were on agitating mood, he claimed.

He said that the opposition political parties in the CPP, after a thorough discussion on the uncontrolled rise in fuel prices coupled with instruction from the party high command at the Centre decided to observe the “Bharat Bandh” in the state too. The convener alleged that even as crude oil price was down half the price in the international market, fuel price continued to rise in the country. The raised in the excise duty on petroleum products was behind the hiking of the fuel price, he alleged. People, mostly common people, middle class people, farmers, transporters, etc. were facing hardship owing to the increase in prices of petroleum products, he added. The hike in the fuel price was additional burden to the people of the state who were paying “unjustified taxes”, he said.

If the hiking of fuel price continued further, there will be a critical stage which will lead to the collapse in economy and worst in survival for the common people who live on hand to mouth. The Bharat Bandh-call has been given to expose the inept handling of the economic by the BJP-led NDA government in the country and to aware the public the failure of the party in power at the Centre.

CPP member Dr M Nara of CPI said that owing to the rise in the prices of the fuels and cooking gas, the prices of essential items also increased correspondingly and it was beyond the expectation of the common people. “It is an open thief by the BJP-led NDA government,” he said.

During the 4 years tenure of the Modi government, the unprecedented price rise and the economic burden have mounted a caste cutting effect to the life of the common people of the country and the state, he added.

He appealed the people of the state to join the protest in a big way to demonstrate the people’s rejection to the price hike and the injustice meted out by Modi government to the people.

On the other hand, activists of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) and Mahila Congress (MH) today staged a protest demonstration against the fuel price hike in front of PCTC Oil Pump in Imphal today.

MPYC secretary Maibam Subash Chandra Singh, talking to media on the sideline of the protest, maintained that with the hiking of the prices of petroleum products, the prices of essential items have been skyrocketed since the Modi-led BJP government came to power.

He alleged that despite common people were at the limit their woes, no initiative were taken up to resolve the problems being creating by the fuel price hike.

Chandra recalled and said that during Congress-led UPA in power, it was BJP that carried out several agitations demanding reduction of prices of petrol and diesel.

But, the party had come to power, people witnessed historic hike in the prices of petroleum products and despite the rising voice of the people, the Modi government remained deaf ear.

Congress, Youth Congress and Congress Mahila Mandal will not remain as a silent spectator if no measure to check the rise in fuel price is taken up by the Modi government, he warned.

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