Strike barb at GNLF Kalimpong, June 27: The GNLF (C) has condemned the transport strike called by the Citu — the labour wing of the CPM — today. Coming down heavily on the CPM, the outfit maintained that the Left parties should sort out the issue of the hike in oil prices with the Centre and not trouble people by preventing vehicles from plying. It also expressed surprise that the GNLF, the ruling party in the hills, has supported a CPM-sponsored strike this time. “With admissions in educational institutes going on and the tourism season at its peak, strikes tend to harass people,” said D.K. Pradhan, the chief convener of the party. Pradhan, while taking potshots at the GNLF, said: “Earlier, no matter how genuine the cause for the strike was, the ruling party here never supported it. So what could be the reason for supporting the strike this time?” The president of the Kalimpong branch of the Citu, Tara Sundas, said: “The strike has been a success here because our protest is genuine. Rise in oil prices will not only affect drivers, but will also have an effect on prices of other commodities. We just made people aware about our cause and they have supported us.” The GNLF, however, has denied the allegation raised against it. Roshan Raiwas, the branch secretary of the party said: “We have not supported the strike called by the Citu, but have supported the cause, as the rise in the price of petrol will also affect people here.”

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