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Fuel price hike: Wails from Left & Right, bandh on July 5
Quote:NEW DELHI: Efforts to convert the July 5 Bharat Bandh, being organised to protest against the Manmohan Singh government’s decision to hike the prices of petro-products, into a success have got a major fillip with almost the entire Opposition, including the Left parties and the BJP-led NDA, coming out in its support.

While the Left parties — CPM, CPI, RSP and the Forward Bloc — had on Monday announced their decision to hold protests across the country, BJP, the largest Opposition party, followed suit a day later, with party president Nitin Gadkari giving a call to the people to back the July 5 bandh. However, the project to present a united picture on the issue has suffered a setback with the RJD-LJP combine in Bihar and BSP refusing to pool their resources with the Opposition. Technically, they have been bracketed with parties which have extended outside support to the UPA government, but they too have decided to register their protest of the fuel price hikes, albeit separately

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