MANGALORE: The members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India (CPI) staged protests against the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here on Friday.
Addressing a gathering, K. Monappa Bhandary, president, Dakshina Kannada unit of BJP, termed the fuel price hike by the United Progressive Alliance government as “anti-people”.
He said that after the UPA Government came to power, prices of essential commodities had gone up by leaps and bounds. With the increase in prices of oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), common people would be put to hardship, he said and added that the Left parties should withdraw their support to the UPA Government. Mr. Bhandary demanded the resignation of the Speaker of Lok Sabha, who belongs to the Left party.
K. Balakrishna Bhat, former MLC, spoke. The BJP councillors of Mangalore City Corporation took part in the protest.
Addressing presspersons at the party office here, Mr. Bhandary said that the party workers at Sullia also staged a protest against fuel price hike simultaneously. The party would organise protests in the remaining six Assembly constituencies in a week’s time, he added.