Left stages protest over inflation, food grain allocation

March 18th, 2008 - 1:09 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Left MPs held a sit-in protest in front of parliament Tuesday to demand re-allocation of food grains to Kerala and West Bengal and to protest inflation. MPs led by Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat asked the government to take immediate measures to contain price rise.

“We are unhappy about the steps taken by the finance minister in his budget to control the price rise of essential commodities, nor was there any solid assurance in his reply to the budget discussion,” Yechury told reporters after the 10-minute protest.

According to him, the central government has reduced almost 88 percent of the rice allocation to Kerala.

Pointing out that the steep rise in prices of edible oil and crude oil are already affecting the common man in the country, Yechury said strengthening the public distribution system was the only way to insulate people from inflation.

Left MPs are also meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the same demands later Tuesday.

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