New Delhi: Left parties Sunday said the
`Bharat bandh` to protest against price rise should serve as a
warning to the government not to heap burden on the people,
like it did with its decision on de-controlling the price of
In a statement, CPI(M) politburo appealed to the people
to join the all India `hartal` on July 5 and make it a big
"This powerful all India protest action should serve as a
warning to the government not to heap burdens on the people
and to withdraw the price hike measures," it said.
In a joint appeal, the four Left parties said they along
with other secular democratic parties and opposition have
called for the countrywide `hartal` to fight against the
menace of price rise and government`s "inaction" to tackle the
In their appeal, general secretaries Prakash Karat
(CPI-M), A B Bardhan (CPI), T J Chandrachoodan (RSP) and
Debabrata Biswas (Forward Bloc) appealed to workers, students,
teachers and workers to join the strike.
Essential services like milk/water suppliers, hospitals
would not be affected due to the bandh, they said.
"We hope that the success of the hartal will give a
message to the government to reverse its policies, roll back
the de-control of fuel and stop any moves for further
de-control," the Left leaders said.
The CPI(M) politburo condemned the refusal of the UPA
government to reconsider the decision to increase the prices
of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas and the steps
being taken to de-regulate the prices of petrol and diesel.
"By these steps, the Congress-led government is directly
responsible for the spiralling price rise of food items and
essential commodities. The de-regulation of prices is meant to
help private oil companies and put the people at the mercy of
a market-controlled by the oil MNCs and the domestic
corporates," it alleged.