Telangana CPI secretary and former MLA Chada Venkat Reddy today exhorted the Left-leaning parties in the state to organise mass protests in Hyderabad, and across the state, to protest the fuel price hike in the country.
In a press release, Reddy expressed his displeasure at the BJP-led Centre for neglecting the needs of the people of India, and for "shifting the blame" for all the problems plaguing the nation on the preceding Congress regime.
"It is a shame that the Modi government, when faced with criticism, immediately extrapolates blame on various other parties and external factors. It should instead work to resolve the problems troubling India," he said.
"The price of fuel has been rising across our country in an uncontrolled manner. The Centre has failed to do anything to remedy the situation, even when the price of a litre of fuel is nearly touching Rs 100 in some states. It is of utmost importance that steps be taken to unburden the common man in India at the earliest," the CPI leader added.
He also expressed his surprise at the high fuel prices, and claimed that the phenomenon was "strange", as the prices of the same fuel in the international market was "just Rs 30 per litre".
Further, Reddy flayed the Modi regime for the dramatic rises in the cost of LPG cylinders, and said, "I am surprised to see that the cost of LPG cylinders too has risen so much. One cylinder costs nearly Rs 1,000. How is the common Indian supposed to afford such expensive cooking fuel? I urge the Centre to look into the matter."
Addressing the shocking murder of two Telangana High Court advocates
that took place yesterday, he then slammed the state government for "failing to provide protection" to the two lawyers, who had reportedly asked for protection several times.
(The lawyer couple, Gattu Vaman Rao and P V Nagamani, were murdered in Peddaplli district by unknown assailants in broad daylight. The incident has sparked massive outrage in the state.)
The CPI leader demanded that the state's apex court order a probe into the killings of the lawyer couple, and that it find and punish the culprits at the earliest.
The Centre has been drawing much rebuke from various leaders and parties in the country on the matter of the fuel price hike - TPCC head and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy also strongly condemned the Centre
for "failing" to address the continuous increase in the prices of petrol and diesel in the nation.