Mamata Banerjee calls to protest against petrol price hike

With NDA’s attack of go for Bharat bandh on May 31, being supported by among others, Anna Hazare , the UPA government is set to face further threat when West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will lead a procession of the party activists in Kolkata on Saturday against the steep hike in the price of petrol.

Her move is likely to raise the center under pressure to roll back the petrol price hike as demanded by Opposition allies, which is also supported by Hazare.

As per reports, Banerjee will start the protest march from her constituency Jadavpur to Hazra in South Kolkata today evening that lead by Railway minister Mukul Roy with other party leaders.

Supporting Banerjee’s major voice of protest against the petrol price hike, another Congress’s ally DMK announced to stage demonstration in Tamil Nadu on May 30 against hike price that only increase the burden of the lower classes.

Beside this, Samajwadi Party has also called for a bandh in May 31 in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha with the ruling BJD.

“At a meeting held here today the party decided to observe a shut-down across the state on May 31 against the hike in price of petrol by Rs 7.5 per litre,” BJD general secretary Narendra Swain confirmed while interacting with media.

Clarifying to have no involvement in the price hike, state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said, “The government is sensitive towards the masses. I have read in the newspapers that the prices may come down. The prices have been increased by oil companies due to rising prices in the international market.”

Though Congress-led central government said to have no hand in the price hike, but it has now face huge protest of rallies on the issue across the state from quarter side against the of 11 times increased petrol price by the UPA government.

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