Port Blair: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday
organized a procession at Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and
Nicobar Islands to protest against the frequent hike in the prices of petrol, diesel, and LPG and against the imposition of GST on certain essential commodities such as pre-packed rice, wheat, milk, pulses, curd,
paneer, meat, fish, jiggery, etc.
The party also highlighted the issue of frequent power cuts in Port Blair and South Andaman rural areas during the last few months.
The procession which was taken out from the Crusade House premises at
Phoenix Bay, Port Blair after making a round of some important areas
of the Port Blair town, culminated in front of the Port Blair Municipal Council office at Aberdeen Bazar.
An empty LPG cylinder and food items like rice, atta, sugar, etc on which GST has been imposed recently were also carried during the procession.
Addressing the gathering at the conclusion of the procession, D. Ayyappan, State Secretary, CPI (M) A&N Islands said that the central government is imposing an additional burden on the people by hiking the prices of petrol, diesel, and LPG frequently.
He said that Rs. 50 has been increased on LPG cylinders this month.
Almost all the pre-packed essential food items like rice, atta, dal, etc. have been brought under the ambit of GST.
He expressed concern over the failure of the BJP-led central
government and the A&N Administration to provide uninterrupted power
supply for the islanders despite the party and other organizations
agitating against it over the last several months.
D. Laxman Rao, State Secretariat Member criticized the A&N Administration for the failure of the BJP-led government and Administration to resolve various issues of the people.
Addressing the gathering B. Chandrachoodan, State Secretariat Members
dealt with the hollow promises made by the BJP before 2014