THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will have its second hartal within a fortnight on Monday when the State joins the nation-wide Left-sponsored hartal to protest against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments decision to decontrol petroleum product prices and jack up the prices.
The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) has decided to join the hartal despite the State having registered its protest against the Central decision with a hartal on June 26 on the contention that the gravity of the situation called for such a reinforced response.
The hartal would be between 6 a. m. and 6 p.m. The LDF leadership has appealed to all sections to support the hartal taking into account the long-term implications of the Centre decision.
The Kerala Public Service Commission has postponed its tests and interviews slated for Monday.
So has the universities and other institutions. With majority of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) workers, private bus operators, taxis and autorikshaws set to join the strike, the public transport system in the State is certain to remain crippled for the major part of the day. Schools and other educational institutions have already announced an unofficial holiday on Monday.