Hartal on tuesday against price rise

Thiruvananthapuram: The nationwide hartal Tuesday against price rise called by four Left parties and nine non-Congress secular opposition parties is certain to hit Kerala.The pro-strike activists are likely to block even the essential services. But the DGP Monday said the police are ready to prevent violence.

Kerala, Kochi and MG universities have postponed the examinations Tuesday. The new date will be announced later.The stand of the KSRTC is that it will run services on hartal day too. The train service may also be hit.

Meanwhile, DGP Jacob Punnuse has said that the police will provide protection for the supply of essential services.The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), in the latest issue of the party mouthpiece, People’s Democracy, said the objective of the nationwide strike was not destabilisation of the Central government.

“Its objective is very simple: force the government through public pressure mounted both outside and inside parliament to roll back the back-breaking hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and fertilisers. If the UPA-2 government accedes to this very justifiable demand, then, of course, the question of its instability will never arise,” said the editorial.

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