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Manipur opposition parties protest against inflation

Manipur opposition parties protest against inflation
Left parties protest against hike in the prices of petroleum products and essential commodities in Imphal on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 19 | Publish Date: 6/19/2021 1:21:39 PM IST

Oppositions in Manipur continued to attack the BJP-led government in the  and the state for skyrocketing prices of petroleum products and essential commodities.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) alleged that instead of finding ways and means to reduce the prices of the petrol, diesel and cooking gas, BJP leading the coalition government in the state was trying to divert the issue with a low level politics.

MPCC president GovindasKonthuojam alleged that the ruling party (BJP) was still trying to fool the people saying that the Central government was compelled to hike the prices of petroleum products to meet the expenditure incurred in providing free rice, free medicines and free medical treatment.

Konthoujam was talking to reporters after flagging off MPCC teams to distribute COVID-19 relief materials to the people residing in remote areas to mark the 51st birthday of Rahul Gandhi.

He further alleged that BJP was sending out “hired people” to spread propaganda to counter the voices against hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas through social media platforms.

These people were talking against Congress and other parties demanding a roll back to the prices of the petroleum products and essential commodities, he added.

In short, the saffron party was doing low level politics instead of finding ways and means to address the additional burden being put up on the head of the people who were reeling under hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

On the other hand, left parties in Manipur continued to stage protests against hike in prices of petroleum products and other essential commodities as the nationwide fortnight protest of the opposition parties entered its fourth day on Saturday.

Joining the nationwide protest, Manipur units of CPI, CPI (M), RSP and AIFB have been jointly staging the protest by changing venues since June 16 last. 

On Saturday, the protest was staged at Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Wangkhei in Imphal East district where leaders and workers of the parties chanted various slogans demanding roll back in prices of the petroleum products and essential commodities. 

“Roll back petroleum products price hikes,” “Control prices of essential commodities and drugs,” “Wave excise duties & VAT by Central and state government,” etc. read the banners that were displayed during the protest.

In his speech during the protest, CPI Manipur State Council, L Sotinkumar blamed Modi-led BJP’s NDA government at the Centre behind the continuous increase in the prices of the petroleum products and essential commodities in the country terming it an assault on people’s livelihood.

Instead of helping people to combat the ravages of the COVID health catastrophe, the Modi government hiked the prices of petroleum products, he said.

CPI(M) Manipur unit secretary Ksh Shanta demanded a cut in the excise duties and VAT being levied by the Central and state governments. 

He said that if the excise and VAT are cut, the price of petrol will be reduced to Rs 65 per litre and diesel to Rs 50 per litre.

Opposition left parties in the state have been staging protest since June 16, joining the nationwide fortnight protest against hike in prices of petroleum products and other essential commodities.

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