The Left parties on Wednesday called for a six-hour-long Odisha Bandh on July 15 blaming the Union Government and State Government over the rising prices of fuel and other essential commodities.
“The Union Government is spinning a conspiracy to pinch the pockets of the common people by raising the prices of fuel and essential commodities. Covid has taken away the livelihood of the common people. Now the price rise has taken a severe toll on their lives. We strongly condemn this kind of inhuman act by the government,” said CPI State Secretary Ashis Kanungo in a joint press conference in the Capital city of Odisha.
“In protest against the price rise, the left parties including CPI, CPI(M), Forward Block, CPI-M Liberation have called for the State-wide bandh on July 15. The protest will start from 6 am and continue till 12 pm. Vehicles will have to stay off the roads and other business establishments will also remain shut during the period,” said Kanungo.
The Left parties have appealed to the people of Odisha to lend support to the shutdown for putting pressure on the government.
“We demand the Union and State governments remove taxes on petrol and diesel and reduce the prices of essential commodities. Strong actions should be taken against black marketers and illegal hoarders. Considering the price rise of essential commodities and Covid induced market situation, the government should provide 10 kg of rice or wheat per family in the State,” said Kanungo.
It is worth mentioning that, the Congress party in Odisha has also launched state-wide protests against the hike in the prices of fuel and other essential commodities from today. The protest will continue till July 17.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)