A bicycle rally in protest against hike in fuel prices

June 8th, 2008 - 10:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Patna , June 8 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took out a bicycle rally in Bihar on Sunday in protest of the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

The protesters, shouting slogans against the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, took out the procession in different parts of Patna .

According to the protesters the ruling Congress led UPA government has failed to contain price rise.

The government has failed to control the prices. The economic set up is not what it should have been. The economy is reeling under inflation and with this fuel price hike the situation will further worsen. And its obvious that the prices of Gold, Silver, petrol and other goods will also increase. The economic management of the government is not in places, said C. P. Thakur, Member of Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile the women wing of BJP also staged a protest march in Patna and expressed their anguish by piling empty cooking gas and shouting anti government slogans.

Women protestors demanded that the Central government should take steps to ease the burden on the consumers.

We have taken to the street with these rolling pins and empty gas cylinders protesting against the fuel price hike. At a time when we should have been in the kitchen, we are here on the streets in this scorching heat protesting against the UPA government. We want the government to roll back the prices of fuel and oil else we will have to take strict action against them. We will not keep quite, we will launch more violent protests,” Sarita Bai, Member, BJP Women’s Wing Member.

The Central government on Wednesday had announced the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel by about ten per cent and a cylinder of cooking gas by 17 per cent, the biggest hike in fuel prices in 12 years.

The government after deliberating for more than a fortnight announced more than expected fuel price hike to partly curb losses of its state-owned refiners and fuel retailers.

The main national political parties have in a populist move asked governments in states ruled by them to reduce local taxes on fuel to remove some sting from the hike. (ANI)

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