Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M’s indefinite protest across the State over hike in prices of LPG and essential goods has entered its third day.
Opening a new front against Congress-led governments in the state and at the Centre ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the CPI-M launched the stir on Wednesday with thousands of party cadres, sympathisers, activists of feeder outfits, including women and youth wings, lining up in 1,400 places raising slogans against the price rise.
At each venue, a few selected local functionaries are observing fast.
Some of the prominent leaders observing fast include Rajya Sabha MP T N Seema and A Sambath MP.
Launching the agitation in Kochi, CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said these governments had done nothing to rein in prices since they lacked commitment to the people.
He said frequent hike in LPG prices formed part of a move to phase out subsidy for domestic consumers and thereby give free hand to big corporates that had stake in the petroleum sector.
Changing track, the CPI-M and the LDF coalition last month decided to shift focus from the solar scam to issues like price rise to take on the Congress and its allies.