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LPG price hike: CPI-M calls off hunger stir

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Kannur: CPI-M on Saturday said it was withdrawing it’s State-wide stir launched on January 15 over the hike in prices of LPG and essential goods, as the Centre had announced that the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders would be raised from nine to 12.

“In the backdrop of the Union Government announcing that the quota of subsidised cooking gas cylinders will be raised to 12, the hunger strike being observed by the party at various centres across the State, protesting against rise in prices of LPG gas is being withdrawn,” CPI-M State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters.

Claiming that the agitation had received widespread support from all quarters, he said, “(The government) accepting the slogan of the agitation is not a small thing. We have done our part.”

Expressing condolences over the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor, he said it was “unfortunate” that none among Congress leaders present in Delhi for the AICC session, except Kodikunnil Suresh, had visited the hotel where she was found dead.

Changing track, CPI-M and the LDF coalition had last month decided to shift focus from the solar scam to issues like price rise to take on Congress and its allies.

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