Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The five-party alliance of Pragatisheel Jan Morcha on Friday announced its decision to contest the forthcoming MCD elections primarily on the issue of price rise that has badly hit the common man and made essential commodities, vegetables and fruit prohibitively expensive. Addressing a press conference here, Morcha convener Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said in its campaign the alliance would also raise the issue of inflated electricity bills, massive load shedding, fast running meters, and sealing and demolitions that have been going on in Delhi during the past one year. He said the party was also concerned as the Government had so far not issued the relevant notification for regularisation of the 1,500-odd unauthorised colonies. Mr. Bidhuri said all the constituents of the Morcha -- Jan Morcha, Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI and Janata Dal (S) - had decided to contest all the 272 seats in the polls.