New Delhi: Threatening to launch a
nationwide campaign against "abnormal" prices rise of
essential commodities, Left parties have appealed several
Opposition parties to join the movement to protest the UPA
government`s economic policies.
While Left MPs would stage a protest in Parliament
House precincts on Tuesday, the nationwide agitation would be
carried out in the first week of August, CPI National
Secretary D Raja told a news agency after a meeting with CPI(M) General
Secretary Prakash Karat on the issue here today.
Raja said Left leaders have already spoken to leaders
of several Opposition parties like BSP, SP, RJD, AIADMK and
TDP to coordinate protests on the issue of rising prices of
foodgrains and other essential commodities.
The Left parties are expected to come out with a
formal statement on the issue tomorrow, sources said.
Left and other parties in Parliament have raised
serious concern over the "abnormal" rise in the prices of
essential commodities and demanded streamlining of the Public
Distribution System (PDS) and amending the Essential
Commodities Act to bring more necessary items under PDS.
Accusing the government of failing to check the price
line, they have also been demanding stringent action against
hoarders and black-marketeers. The prices further shot up
due to hike in diesel prices and the truant monsoon, they