Various organisations and political parties have registered their protest against the diesel price hike of Rs five a litre.
All-India Road Transport Workers Federation general secretary K K Divakaran said that this hike was the highest in the recent past. Prices of essential commodities will shoot up and the decision to restrict LPG subsidy to six cylinders a year would make life miserable.
The price hike will inevitably increase the transportation cost. The Federation called upon the transport workers, who are badly hit by the price hike, to organise a nation-wide protest. He demanded a rollback in the price with immediate effect.
Kerala State Private Motor Workers’ Federation too demanded to withdraw the price hike and said this would damage the private bus industry in the state. Federation general secretary Kureepuzha Shanavas said that this price hike would directly affect the livelihood of common man.
RSP state secretary A A Aziz MLA said that the hike would increase the burden on the people. This government, which is facing several corruption allegations, had taken the stand to help the oil companies. He urged the public to protest against the decision of the government which does not have the support of even the allies.
Nationalist Congress Party media committee chairman Uzhavoor Vijayan said that a series of protests would be organised by the party against the price hike. NCP legislative assembly deputy leader A K Saseendran said that the prices of essential commodities would skyrocket in the coming days. All-India Forward Bloc state secretariat meeting has said that the Union Government is looting the people with the price hike in diesel and imposing restriction on LPG cylinders. The transportation charges for goods and passengers will increase due to the hike.