UPA directly responsible for price rise: CPI-M

New Delhi, July 4 (Calcutta Tube) Condemning the government’s refusal to reconsider the decision to increase fuel prices, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday charged the Congress-led government with being ‘directly responsible’ for the rise in food prices.

The CPI-M also slammed the government for not reconsidering the steps being taken to deregulate petrol and diesel prices, saying ‘the the deregulation of prices are meant to help the private oil companies and put the people at the mercy of a market-controlled by the multinational oil companies and the domestic corporates’.

‘By these steps, the Congress-led government is directly responsible for the spiralling price rise of food items and essential commodities,’ the CPI-M politburo said after its two-day meeting here.

Appealing to the people to join the all India shutdown Monday, the party said: ‘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.’

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