KERALA

Call to initiate steps to curb price rise

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took out a march to the Kozhikode jail on Monday as part of its State-wide ‘fill the jail’ agitation seeking effective action to check price rise.

The march, led by party State vice-president V. Muraleedharan, began from Mararji Bhavan, the BJP district office, and was blocked by the police near the jail.

Inaugurating the protest, Mr. Muraleedharan said his party was forced to lead the anti-price rise agitation since Ministers in the Left Democratic Front government were busy strengthening their positions within the parties and the Congress-led United Democratic Front was content to remain a passive spectator

Yuva Janata Dal

Meanwhile, the State committee of the Yuva Janata Dal has appealed to the government to initiate urgent steps to curb price rise.

A meeting of district presidents held here on Monday expressed concern over the sudden spurt in prices of essential commodities in the State

The committee wanted the State government to carry out measures to arrest the trend.

The outfit will organise a dharna at the district headquarters on December 31, as part of its State-wide campaign against price rise.

The meeting also expressed concern over the delay in enacting a law against multinational shopping malls.

Retail giants

The meeting was apprehensive of the increasing number of shopping malls that were being set up in the State in the absence of a law to counter the same.

The Yuva Janata Dal also criticised the attitude of the authorities to allow the sale of palm oil through government outlets.

Yuva Janata Dal State president Sabah Pullata presided over the meeting.

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