CPI activists staged a dharna at Yerramukkapalle on Monday decrying the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.

Flaying the Congress government for failing to curb prise rise, CPI district secretary G. Easwaraiah said the prices of vegetables and essential commodities were out of reach of the common man. The government has been frequently increasing the price of petroleum products, LPG and kerosene, which was having a cascading effect on prices of essential commodities.

The UPA government was steeped in corruption and the Congress party’s agenda was to amass personal wealth, Mr. Easwaraiah alleged. The government was giving concessions to the rich and burdening the poor.

The Congress party adopted the policy of divide and rule like the Britishers, with selfish interests of making Rahul Gandhi the next Prime Minister, the CPI leader alleged. He demanded supply of goods through public distribution system. CPI city secretary G. Chandra and leaders N. Venkatasiva, Badulla, G. Venugopal, Vijayalakshmi and others participated.