On the call of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), hundreds of Left cadres held protest rallies against corruption at various places in the hill State on Tuesday.

A few Communist Party of India activists also joined the protests in Shimla and some other centres.

The State Secretariat members of both parties led these protest rallies in Chamba, Nahan, Palampur, Kangra, Banjar, Kullu, Mandi, Jhanjheli, Jogendernagar, Balh, Sarkaghat, Rampur , Bhawanagar, Hamirpur and Una.

Dharna held

In Shimla district, mass rallies were held in Shimla town, Theog, Rampur and Rohru.

In Shimla town, the CPI(M) activists comprising students, women, youth, working class, middle class employees, traders, porters and several other sections assembled outside the District Commissioner's office. After an hour-long dharna, they marched through the streets and held a corner meeting at Naaz, the other end of The Mall here.

The speakers accused both the BJP and the Congress of usurping the share of the common people through ruinous neo-liberal policies, the principal source of corruption.