CPI(M) to hold 'fire chain' to protest LPG price hike
In a symbolic protest, the CPI(M) in Kerala will light nearly a million impromptu hearths across the state today as part of the party's agitation against the hike in cooking gas price and the government move to curtail ration subsidy.
According to party sources, more than three million people would participate in the 'fire chain' agitation from Manjeswaram in the north to Parassala in the south.
The Party's state unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of the Opposition V S Achuthanandan, along with their family members, would join the party workers at the Martyrs' column in the city to light the hearths at 1630 hrs and cook food in the symbolic protest.
It will be a novel protest by the CPI(M) which in the past had organised state-wide 'human chain' and 'human wall' campaigns to highlight various other issues.
Public meetings would be organised at major centres to protest the hike in the prices of essential commodities, drastic cut in subsidised LPG cylinders to households and government move to cut ration subsidy.