The activists of the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday protested against the rise in the price of petrol. The protest was carried out in front of the office of the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner.

The activists said the Centre has gone in for increasing the price of petrol by Rs. 5 just after announcement of the results of Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam.

“There is a definite political ploy in the decision to increase the price,” alleged CPI (M) district secretary B. Madhava.

He said the price of petrol now at Rs. 70 a litre would cause hardship to people. There was news about the Centre considering increase in the price of diesel and cooking gas, he said.

Mr. Madhava said taxes formed about 50 per cent of the price of petrol.

For every increase in the rate of petrol, there was corresponding increase in the tax.