Left, Samajwadi call Sept 20 protest

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 18:33 hrs

New Delhi, Sept 15 (IBNS) Several Left parties along with Samajwadi Party, BJD and Telugu Desam Party would hold nationwide protest on Sept 20 against the sweeping FDI reforms and diesel price hike by the United Progressive Alliance.

The leaders of the Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India, Telugu Desam Party, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Janata Dal (S), All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party in a statement said the UPA government has stuck cruel blows on the people one after another with the decisions on diesel hike, cap on subsidized LPG cylinders for households and anti-people FDI policies in multi-brand retail.

"Let us all unite to stop these measures which will further burden the people and ruin their livelihood," the leaders said in the joint statement.

"Let there be a powerful protest on September 20 through hartals, picketings, demonstrations and court arrest programmes," they said.

"We appeal to the people to rise in protest against these anti-people measures. We appeal to the farmers, workers, women and youth to join the protest," they said.

The leaders appealed to the transporters, shopkeepers and traders organisations to join the struggle.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday already called for a nationwide strike on Sept 20 to protest against Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and diesel price hike.

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved 51% FDI in single-brand product retail trading after amending certain conditions in the policy.

The government had permitted FDI, up to 100%, in single brand product retail trading, subject to specified conditions

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs also relaxed rules for FDI in the aviation sector, allowing international airlines to invest upto 49 percent in domestic airline firms.

On Thursday, the central government hiked the price of diesel by Rs 5 per litre and restricted sales of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per consumer every year, in a bid to rein in the nation's ballooning fiscal deficit but dealing a blow to innumerable households.

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