DYFI, the youth wing of the ruling CPI (M), on Friday had a unique protest against petrol price hike in the state.
The party workers took out a protest march with bullock carts to Central government offices in 14 districts in the state.
The youth wing leaders of various districts inaugurated the protest march.
DYFI National President PA Mohammed Riyas inaugurated the protest in Kannur. The protest in the state marked the beginning of a nation-wide agitation by DYFI which was planned during its convention held in Delhi two months ago.
"The protest was against petrol price hike, unemployment and the price hike of commodities under the cover of GST. The demand is to further slash the excise duty on petrol and to restore the right to decide the price revision with the Petroleum Department," Mohammed Riyas told TNM.
He said that if the government was not ready to accept the demand, the DYFI will strengthen its protest.
"We will plan a nation-wide agitation if the demands are not accepted. We will directly go to the people with notices describing the impact," he said.
CPI (M) district secretary Anavur Nagappan inaugurated the protest in Thiruvananthapuram. DYFI members marched with a bullock cart that went to the Accountant General's office.
"Our demand is also to introduce reservation in the private sector and ensure social justice in employment. Under GST what is happening is a state sponsored exploitation," said DYFI Thiruvananthapuram president A A Rahim.