Left parties announce nationwide stir on Sept 10

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Kolkata, Sep 7 (IANS) Protesting against rising prices of petroleum products and demanding the promised remunerative prices of crops and loan waiver for the farmers across the country , the Left parties on Friday called for a nationwide strike on September 10, the day the Congress has announced ‘Bharat bandh’.

Issuing a joint statement, five Left parties including the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, RSP and Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUC), accused the Modi government of creating an economic crisis in the country while failing to stand by its electoral promise of recovering black money and creating employment.

“The rising price of petroleum products is having a crippling effect on the livelihood of crores of Indians. This price rise has a cascading all-round inflationary impact. This is contributing to a further economic slowdown reducing existing employment, leave alone creating any new opportunities,” the statement said.

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The left parties also claim that while the Centre refuses to provide promised remunerative price and loan waiver to the peasants of the country, it is shown largesse of waiving loans taken by the corporate houses during the last four years of nearly Rs 4 lakh crore.

“Such crony capitalism is also evident in various deals, like the Rafael fighter aircraft purchase scam, that is fast unfolding. Obdurate rejection of any enquiry into this deal only reconfirms the scam. Black money, instead of recovering, as promised, has been legitimized,” they alleged.

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose on Friday called for a 12-hour strike from 6am to 6 pm on September 10 across West Bengal in support of the all India ‘protest hartal’ the and urged the people the state to make the protest demonstration a grand success.

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West Bengal CPI-M Secretary General Surjya Kanta Misra also accused the BJP-led central government of destroying the lives of working class by regularly hiking price of daily essential items.

“The hike in price and the simultaneous fall in the value of the Indian rupee is further complicating the situation of poor and middle class in the country,” he added.

–IANS

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