CPI takes on Govt., gives nationwide strike call

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 8 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday gave call for a two-day nationwide strike on February 20 and 21 to protest against the government's anti-people policies.

CPI lawmaker Gurudas Dasgupta said all the trade unions would join the protest, as the decision was taken together.

"We have given call for a general strike on 20th and 21st (February). All the trade unions have together taken this decision," he said on the sidelines of a party meet here.

Dasgupta said the objective was to bring the government to its sense, as it had abetted inflation by hiking price of diesel, cooking gas and railway fare.

"The sole objective of the strike is to bring the government to its senses. The government has taken anti-people decisions. They have abetted price rise. They hiked diesel price and again they are going to increase it. They have raised gas price and also railway fare," he added.

Dasgupta also appealed to the Odisha Government to review its police, regarding Posco in light of prolong protests at its proposed plant site in the state.

"We have appealed to the Odisha Government to review its police, regarding Posco. We have heard about the tortures and it should be stopped," he added.

Posco's proposed 12 million tonnes per annum steel plant, the largest foreign investment in India, is to come up near the port town of Paradip, about 120 kilometres from Bhubaneswar.

However, there has been almost no progress on the ground due to local opposition.

The government claims the project would create jobs and increase economic activities, while those who do not want to give up their land say that this project will destroy their forest-based livelihood. (ANI)

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