Do not back proposed hike in oil prices, Karat urges DMK

Prakash Karat, CPI-M general secretary addressing a public meeting in Chennai. Photo: R. Ragu

Prakash Karat, CPI-M general secretary addressing a public meeting in Chennai. Photo: R. Ragu  

Blaming the Union government’s policies for the galloping inflation, CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat has appealed to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) not to agree to the proposed rise in prices of petroleum products.

Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, Mr. Karat said the Centre was making excuses instead of taking steps to control the inflation. Its policies had benefited only big traders and speculators in food commodities.

He cited the rise in oil prices in July as a reason for the increase in food prices.

Following the Kirit Parikh committee recommendations, the government was now considering a hike in prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene after consulting its allies ahead of Thursday’s Cabinet meeting. To protect the interests of people, Mr. Karat called upon the DMK and other allies of the Congress not to “rub salt into the wounds of the people,” by increasing oil prices.

He warned that the CPI (M) would join hands with all secular Opposition parties in protest if the government proceeded with the price increase.

Three major issues

Mr. Karat said the Left parties would focus on three major issues – food, employment and land – at their March 12 demonstration in New Delhi.

To ensure affordable housing as a right of citizens, the party was of the view that people living on temple lands and government and municipal lands should be given house pattas.

He also called on the Centre to remove the freeze on government jobs while following up on its promise of creating an urban employment guarantee scheme on the lines of the Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.

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