If the Bharatiya Janata Party was quick to call for a nationwide strike on May 31, to protest the steepest petrol price hike that this country has ever seen, the response from the Communist parties was about as nimble.
While the Red Brigade hasn't given any clear indication on whether or not it supports the BJP, it has decided to observe an 'All India Protest Day' on the very day the BJP has planned its Bharat Bandh. Coincidence? Or is the Left reaching out to the right? And if the twain do meet -- with other opposition parties in tow -- will they be able to force the Congress to roll back the hike? Your call.