West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday took a ride on an electric scooter to protest against rising fuel prices in the country. Banerjee sat behind state minister Firhad Hakim during a five-km-long rally from Hazra More to the state secretariat in Nabanna.
After completing the rally, Banerjee hit out at the central government saying the Trinamool is protesting against the fuel price hike. The Modi government has not done anything to bring down the fuel price and has only made false promises. People can see the difference in the fuel prices when the Modi government came into power and now.
Launching a scathing attack at the government, the Bengal CM said from BSNL to coal, the Modi government is selling everything in the country. She also called the government as an anti-people, anti-youth, anti-farmer government.
In West Bengal, the price of petrol has climbed to Rs 91.12 per liter, while price of diesel has gone up by Rs 84.20 per liter.
In a bid to give relief to common man, the Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday announced a reduction of tax by Re 1 per liter on petrol and diesel effective from midnight.
The Centre has defended the fuel price hike by saying the oil companies in India have been forced to increase the prices of petrol and diesel since the global crude oil prices have risen by more than 50 per cent to over $63.3 per barrel since October last year.
Meanwhile, the oil marketing companies have increased the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) domestic cylinders by Rs 25 today. This month, LPG cylinder prices were first raised on February 4 by Rs 25 and then by Rs 50 on February 15.