The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the decision of the government to raise the price of cooking gas cylinders by Rs. 4 per month till a time when the entire subsidy on gas cylinders is wiped out.
This decision runs totally against the high profile “Give it Up” campaign conducted by the Prime Minister to persuade families that can afford gas cylinders without subsidy to give up their subsidy so that these can be given to the poor.
Further, this is happening when the international prices of oil are sharply declining. Clearly, this government is fleecing the people in order to augment its revenue collections, when the prices of petroleum products should actually decline in line with the international trend.
The Polit Burau of the CPI(M) demands the immediate withdrawal of this harsh burden being imposed on the vast majority of the people of our country.