Left cadres hold protestSirsa, April 8
Activists of the Left parties today staged a demonstration and laid a siege to the main post office building here against the rising prices of essential commodities.
Cadres of the CPI, CPM, All-India Students Federation (AISF), All-India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) assembled at the Town Park in the morning.
Among them were Swaran Singh Virk, State council member of the CPI, Raj Kumar Shekhupuria, district secretary of the CPM, Jai Chand Saharani, district secretary of the CPI, Balbir Kaur Gandhi, district secretary of the AIDWA, Roshan Suchan, state convener, AISF, and several other leaders.
From the park, they marched towards the post office building and laid a siege to it for over two hours.
During this period, traffic on the road opposite the post office remained blocked.
“The Congress-led government at the Centre is responsible for the sp[iralling prices of essential commodities, particularly food items,” alleged Virk, while addressing the workers.
He alleged that the government had given a free hand to hoarders and profiteers, leaving the poor at their mercy.
Roshan Suchan alleged that the condition of the poor was deteriorating due to the “anti-poor” policies of the government. Poor implementation of NREGA and weakening of the public distribution system had added to the woes of the poor.
The workers later courted arrest. They were taken to the Police Lines in buses and let off.