Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association has called upon the Union Government to withdraw the hike in the diesel price with immediate effect.

A statement issued on Friday, the association president, G. Sudheeshkumar and general secretary, Jose Mohan, have said that the hotel industry would be the worst-affected in the diesel price hike. Moreover, the frequent increase in the price of commercial liquid petroleum gas has become unbearable to the hotel industry, he added.

The KHRA leaders said the hoteliers would be forced to increase the price of food items, if he Government failed to withdraw the diesel price hike.

CITU march

The CITU district unit has staged a march in the town, protesting against the diesel price hike, in the forenoon. P.J. Ajayakumar, CITU district president, inaugurated the march.

K. Anilkumar, Zakeer Alankarath, and P.N. Rajan, CITU district committee members, spoke.

SUCI protest

The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) workers have also staged a protest march in the town in the forenoon.

S. Rajeevan, SUCI district secretary, inaugurated the march. Addressing the march, Mr Rajeevan said the diesel price hike was a big blow to the common man.

He said it was an irony that the unjustified diesel price hike came at a time when the Government was busy announcing tax exemption and other sops to the corporate companies, besides making hectic preparations to sell out Government land located in prime localities across the State in the name of the Emerging Kerala meet.

The private bus operators have already demanded hike in the bus fare and not to speak of the spiralling price of essential commodities in the offing due to the grossly unjustified diesel price hike, he alleged.

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