Dr Nara likens fuel price hike to daylight robbery, opposition in stir mode

IMPHAL,8th Sep: Committee of Political Parties is all set to join the nationwide strike being called by several opposition parties on September 10 against fuel price hike under the NDA government. Meanwhile, maintaining that people of the country are suffering tremendously under the NDA rule and hike in fuel price has affected price of other commodities as well, CPI senior leader ex-MLA Dr M Nara has termed the fuel price hike as broad daylight robbery.

Addressing a press conference at Congress Bhawan here on Saturday, Dr M Nara said that prices of other essential commodities are also rising simultaneously with the hike on fuel price. Poor families, especially farmers are facing the impact of inflation under the NDA rule. The September 10 nationwide strike is a joint decision of left, democratic and socialist parties, and Congress had also taken the same decision to go with the nationwide strike, he said, while adding that the committee will be joining the strike on September 10.

For the state, apart from the fuel price issue, the committee will also protest against MU issue, border issue, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Framework Agreement and other issues facing the state under the BJP government, he said, while appealing all to participate and support the nationwide strike. Committee convener ex-MLA RK Anand said that the committee resolved to protest against the hike of fuel price during its meeting held on Friday. The meeting also resolved to join the nationwide strike on September 10, he said, and appealed to general public to support and participate in the strike.

Congress ex-MLA Dr Ng Bijoy said that the Modi government has introduced several taxes which resulted in price hike of fuels and LPG. In the last 52 months, NDA government has collected around Rs 11 lakh crore as taxes from the public without any concern of the economy of the poor people. During the UPA rule, the highest price of petrol was Rs 71.41 and Rs 55.49 for diesel despite buying crude oil at the price of 107 USD per barrel.

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