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Parties protest fuel price hike

Major political parties of the state hit the streets on Tuesday to protest against the hike in fuel prices that came close on the heels of the increase in railway fares last month.

JMM workers, led by district unit chief Ramesh Hansdah, took out a rally from Jamshedpur Eye Hospital to Sakchi roundabout. They also burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lodge their protest against the hikes, which, they claimed, would push the prices of other essential commodities up.

“We have seen that a hike in diesel and railway fare always has a ripple effect on the prices of essential commodities. We will continue our stir if the Centre does not rollback the prices,” said Hansdah.

Subsequently, JD(U) workers held a demonstration at Sakchi roundabout and criticising Modi for “cheating the common people in the name of achche din (good days)”.

“Within a few weeks, people have seen the real face of the BJP,” said district JD(U) president Pawan Pandey.

The Congress too hit the roads to cash in on the popular sentiment. The party members took out rallies in different parts of the city and staged demonstrations.

Members of the Aamra Bangali, a socio-political and cultural organisation, also took out a rally from Sakchi roundabout, demanding immediate rollback of the fuel prices. The agitators later gathering near the district collectorate and burnt an effigy of petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and the Prime Minister.

“The hike in fuel pries will badly disturb the budget of middle class families. We want to expose the real face of the BJP,” said Angad Mahto, central committee member of the Aamra Bangali.

The members submitted a memorandum to the district collectorate.