CPI(M) holds 'fire chain' to protest LPG price hike
In a symbolic protest, CPI(M) activists in Kerala today lit nearly a million impromptu hearths across the state as part of the party's agitation against the hike in cooking gas price and the government move to curtail ration subsidy.
Party sources claimed that more than three million people participated in the 'fire chain' agitation from Manjeswaram in the north to Parassala in the south.
Party State Unit Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, along with his family members, joined 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 was 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 were 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.