New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday cancelled his trip to Kochi where he was to take part in two official functions, in view of the state-wide strike call by opposition parties in Kerala against the diesel price hike.

The Defence Minister was scheduled on Saturday to inaugurate the Coast Guard's chain of static radars being set up to keep an eye on maritime traffic there and flag-off INS 'Sudarshini' on a voyage to South-East Asia.

CPI-M-led LDF and BJP gave separate calls for dawn-to-dusk strike on Saturday  to protest the price hike decision and demanded its roll-back.

Antony was scheduled to take part in these two functions and then depart for Maldives on a three-day trip from there. But now he will leave for Male directly from here on Saturday, Ministry officials said.

They said the strike call by opposition parties in Kerala was the reason behind this change in schedule, which took place on Friday afternoon.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has also demanded a partial rollback in the diesel price.


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