IMPHAL, Sept 8 - Youth and Mahila wing leaders and workers of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC-I) staged a demonstration against price hike of essential commodities and petroleum products in particular here on Saturday.
Meanwhile, RK Anand, Convenor of committee of political parties, an umbrella of 10 opposition parties in Manipur on Saturday said it would support the nationwide general strike on September 10 against the �unbearable price hike� of essential commodities.
The Bharat Bandh or nationwide protest will be an eye opener to the price hike which had been affecting the common people in our State, Anand said.
The parties in the committee include Congress, Communist Party of India(Marxist), Communist Party of India, Nationalist Congress Party, Janata Dal Secular, All India Trinamool Congress, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Aam Aadmi Party.
Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ng Bijoy said that the prices of petroleum products have skyrocketed even though international crude oil prices were down by half compared to UPA days.
The price of crude oil was 107 US dollar in 2014 while the present price is 73 US dollar, he said. Currently, petrol is sold at Rs 79 per litre against Rs 71 per litre during UPA regime. Similarly, diesel was sold at Rs 71 at present against Rs 55 in UPA time, Bijoy added.