CPI-M to go ahead with mass protests over price rise

April 1st, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Coimbatore, April 1 (IANS) Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government of failing to take “concrete steps” to contain the price rise, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday vowed to go ahead with plans to launch a nation-wide campaign. “The measures (taken by the government) are not fruitful to contain the price rise. There was no suggestion for concrete measures,” CPI-M politburo member S. Ramachandra Pillai told reporters here on the deliberations in the 19th party congress.

The CPI-M has asked the government to strengthen the public distribution system by introducing universal PDS - without differentiating between those who live below and above the poverty level - and by distributing other essentials such as pulses and edible oil.

It has also urged the government to ban the future trading in 25 agricultural commodities, cut custom and excise duties on oil, reduce retail prices of petrol and diesel and take stringent action against hoarding of essential commodities.

CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat has said the CPI-M was in touch with other Left parties as well as “like-minded parties” to choke out a strategy to fighting the rising prices.

The party said a nation-wide mass movement would be mobilized after April 15. Karat has said he has already held discussions with TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on this regard.

The party congress also resolutions on gender equality, in defence of Dalits, on the forest rights bill and on the sixth Pay Commission.

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