Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Demanding an immediate withdrawal of the hike in fuel prices, the Delhi Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Union (IFTU) on Friday asked the Left parties in the United Progressive Alliance Government, particularly the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India, to stop shielding the "anti-poor" Government at the Centre.

Stating that the Federation's Delhi unit would soon organise a series of rallies and protest marches against the price hike, an IFTU release said huge rallies would be organised in all the industrial areas on June 13 where workers would burn effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

IFTU leaders have asked the Centre and State Governments to withdraw all taxes and duties on petrol and diesel so that fuel could be made available at a cheaper price to people. They have also lambasted the Manmohan Singh Government for "protecting" oil Navratna companies by putting massive financial burden on citizens.