KARNATAKA

Political parties want fuel price hike rescinded

Staff Correspondent

Raichur: Several political parties held protest marches and demonstrations here on Saturday to protest against the increase in the prices of petroleum products announced by the Centre.

Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) took out a procession in which a vehicle and gas cylinders were placed on a bullock cart. The procession, which started from the public garden, reached the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office where a dharna was staged. Addressing the rally, Kariyeppa Acholli, secretary of the district unit of the party, said that the United Progressive Alliance Government had hiked the prices just to safeguard the interests of public oil companies. Later, the party submitted a memorandum to the district administration demanding that the UPA Government take steps to roll back the fuel price hike.

Members of the city unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the district unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) also staged demonstrations at the Deputy Commissioner’s office. They demanded that the Union Government roll back the fuel price hike.

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