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BJP calls it economic terrorism, Left calls for nationwide stir

BJP calls it economic terrorism, Left calls for nationwide stir
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First Published: Wed, Jun 04 2008. 02 50 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jun 04 2008. 02 50 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: BJP lashed out at the Government for hiking the prices of petroleum products saying a “directionless” UPA has unleashed “economic terror” on the nation. At the same time, the Left has also called for nation-wide protests and stir against the price hike.
“This action is disastrous for the economy and all the claims made by the Prime Minister so far on the front on inflation has been proved to be a hoax,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told PTI.
On the other hand, senior Left party leaders termed the fuel price hike as a “slap on the face” of the common man and said it revealed the “anti-people” policies of the Congress-led coalition. The supporters of the four Left parties -- CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc -- will hit the streets from tomorrow morning to force the government to roll-back the hike, senior Left leaders Abani Roy (RSP) and G Devarajan (Forward Bloc) said.
BJP’s Rudy said the Government, which has run out of ideas, has now unleashed this economic terror on the nation by increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. “This decision is the last straw for the UPA government and the last nail on the coffin of the common man, whose interests it claim to champion,” he added.
Asked whether the hike would lead to a discussion among Left parties on withdrawing support to the government, he said, “The Left parties will discuss about withdrawing support in a meeting scheduled later this month. RSP alone can’t take a decision,” Roy said.
Rudy ridiculed the Left parties opposition to the petrol price hike, saying the remarks of the Communists are “hypocritical” as they are part and parcel of this decision.
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First Published: Wed, Jun 04 2008. 02 50 PM IST