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Updated: April 9, 2010 18:49 IST

Left leaders court arrest, plan nationwide ‘jail bharo’ against price rise

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CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat. Mr. Karat and prominent Left leaders are planning a nationwide Jail Bharo agitation against price rise. File photo
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CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat. Mr. Karat and prominent Left leaders are planning a nationwide Jail Bharo agitation against price rise. File photo

Top Left leaders and activists today courted arrest after staging a massive demonstration here as part of their nation-wide agitation to protest the government’s “failure” to check rising prices of essential commodities.

Top Left leaders Prakash Karat (CPI-M), A. B. Bardhan and D. Raja (CPI) and Abani Roy (RSP) were among those who courted arrest, police said.

A group of activists then tried to enter the Parliament Street Police Station and police had to use water cannons to disperse them.

Shouting slogans against the government, the activists gathered at Jantar Mantar this morning as part of a nation-wide ‘jail bharo’ agitation announced by the four Left parties.

In a bid to intensify the anti-price rise movement, CPI(M) has begun preliminary consultations with other secular opposition parties like the TDP, JD(U), SP, BSP and RJD, party sources said.

A national-level action call is expected when these talks are formalised, the sources said, adding a meeting of the outfits and the Left parties is likely to be held before the Budget Session of Parliament resumes on April 15.

CPI(M) had earlier announced that it plans to mobilise around 25 lakh people across the country for the ‘jail bharo’ agitation against price rise.

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