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Opposition protest against fuel price hike

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Normally busy Sealdah area in Central Kolkata wearing a deserted look on Saturday during a 24-hour transport strike called by CITU to protest against hike in fuel prices. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
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Normally busy Sealdah area in Central Kolkata wearing a deserted look on Saturday during a 24-hour transport strike called by CITU to protest against hike in fuel prices. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Most vehicles stay off the road in West Bengal, Kerala

Opposition parties on Saturday hit the streets in many States enforcing strikes in Kerala, Orissa and West Bengal, in protest against the government's decision to hike fuel prices and warned of more agitation unless there was a rollback.

Protests were also staged in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh among other states.

In Mumbai, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde led an agitation of party workers protesting the price hike. The BJP also staged protests in Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

In Orissa, BJD, BJP, NCP and CPI members sought a resolution on the price hike in the assembly.

The BJP hit the streets in Uttar Pradesh to protest the hike. In Lucknow, after a dharna, party leaders and workers attempted to march towards Vidhan Bhavan, but were intercepted by the police. Agitated party workers attempted to break the cordon and march towards the Vidhan Bhavan, forcing the police to use water cannons.

Deserted look

Raktima Bose reports from Kolkata:

The city wore a deserted look on Saturday as public vehicles went off the road in response to a 24-hour-long transport strike called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the labour arm of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in protest against the hike.

Most of the buses, taxi and auto-rickshaws stayed off the road, here and in the districts, forcing the daily commuters to either walk to their destinations or pay extra fare demanded by the few taxis and auto-rickshaws that plied. Being a weekend many offices were anyway closed.

Normal life hit

Thiruvananthapuram Special Correspondent reports:

The 12-hour hartal called by the ruling Left Democratic Front in protest against the fuel price hike brought life to a halt in Kerala on Saturday. There was no major incident. Public carriages stayed off the road and most government offices and private establishments had a virtual holiday. All major markets and educational institutions remained closed.

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A subsidy culture as mooted by the opposition will bankrupt our country. It's time the common man understands that this is an imported commodity which is getting more expensive by the day and agitate for good public public transport & use it. TREAT A VALUABLE COMMODITY AS SUCH. The opposition is trying to fool the public or thinks it is.

from:  Girish.S.Jois
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011 at 07:25 IST

this present govt which calls itself as a pseudo secular party should now stop fooling the common people.. The govt of india is nothing but a parasite on common man's pocket..

What india really needs a strong and efficient decision making body which isnt influenced by foreign govts and not carried by its avarice desires..

from:  anubha chaudhary
Posted on: Jul 8, 2010 at 19:38 IST

This opposition is senseless. How can the government constantly subsidize a commodity that is largely imported, has rises and falls in international market prices, and affects everybody? Why should the government regulate this? Are we not already part of the global economy? If we are going to get the benefits of the global marketplace, we should be able to suffer some of its pains too. The UPA has finally come to its senses. Subsidies cannot and do not foster competence. Let's play fair and pay fair.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Jun 27, 2010 at 10:31 IST

Save India, how long govt can keep pushing tax payer money into some global price rise of petrol, I think deregulation is fair.

from:  Vinay
Posted on: Jun 27, 2010 at 03:18 IST
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