West Bengal Left Front Committee chairman Biman Bose said here on Thursday that the Left Front in the State has decided to support the nationwide strike on July 5, against the Centre's hike in fuel prices.

“The non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties settled on the date of the strike and the Left Front decided to support it. In the current scenario when the UPA government is making no effort to scale down prices of essential commodities but hike fuel price and is supported by its allies, we appeal to the people to join the strike,” Mr. Bose told journalists.

He said several meetings and processions were being organised in every district across the State to sensitise people to the objectives of the strike and urging them to make it successful.

Criticising the de-regulation of petrol price, Mr. Bose alleged that the Centre was abandoning its role in regulating the price of essential commodities in the process.

Raising questions over the credibility of the Congress' poll promises before the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, of formulating policies that would benefit the ‘aam aadmi,' he said the UPA government was “pushing the common man into the shark's mouth” by leaving him at the mercy of corporate bodies and speculators.

“Unless this step by the Centre is protested against now and a policy revision done, the future will be devastating for the common man,” Mr. Bose said.

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