KALKUTA, India – Hundreds of demonstrators joined a protest in Kolkata against a hike in fuel prices on Wednesday.
Trinamool Congress party supporters carried mock cooking gas cylinders while shouting slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they marched through the center of the eastern Indian city, an epa-efe journalist reports.
The rally, which was called by the All India Trinamool Youth Congress and was led by AITYC chief Abhishek Banerjee, comes amid spiraling costs of petrol, diesel and gas in some Indian states.
While prices have dropped slightly in recent days in northern states, after steadily increasing nationwide since early 2018, rates have remained high across much of the rest of the country.
The Economic Times reported that petrol in Delhi cost Rs 77.72 ($1.16) per liter, while in Mumbai a liter cost Rs 85.54.
Calcutta’s per liter price stood at Rs 80.47 on Tuesday after slowly rising from about Rs 73 at the start of the year.
West Bengal Transport Minister Suvendu Adkihari on Wednesday announced an increase in public transport fares due to the higher fuel rates, blaming the hike on the central government.
India imports 86 percent of its oil from Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and is the world’s third largest importer of crude oil, according to the CIA World Factbook.