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Protests against petrol price hike continue

KANPUR: The protest against petrol price hike continued in the city even on Wednesday. But this time the denizens chose a unique way to express their anger against the hike. Traders, under the banner of Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, took out a procession with rickshaws carrying mobikes from Ghantaghar crossing to the Congress city head office at Tilak Hall.

This was done to project that petrol has become so costly that it is difficult to afford and therefore, all two-wheelers should be loaded on hand-pulled rickshaws instead of driving on the roads.

The traders pulled the rickshaws and raised anti-government slogans. They held Congress responsible for inflation as it is ruling the country and demanded an immediate roll-back in the petrol prices. They said that the government should not think of increasing the prices of LPG and diesel otherwise a bigger protest campaign would be launched.

While proceeding towards the Congress city head office (Tilak Hall), the agitating traders held banners that read anti-government slogans. They also beat drums to attract the attention of the people. They said that the purpose of the protest was to add more and more people in the campaign. The agitating lot also held black flags in their hands.

Another lot of traders burnt the effigy of the Petroleum Minister at the Ghantaghar. They were angry with the government that despite a number of protests across the country, the government was not ready to withdraw the hike in petrol prices.

The BJP and the SP have called for a UP Bandh on Thursday. It will be on the same day that Bharat Bandh would be observed. The women members of BJP took out a procession holding placards and black flags from Shikshak Park to register protest against the petrol price hike. Several women activists asked the shopkeepers of Naveen Market to contribute in UP Bandh on May 31. The women members of BJP said ‘Congress Ka Haath Mehgaai Ke Saath’.

Madhu Mishra, one of the party members, said that whenever Congress came to power in the country, it brought inflation in its wake. Therefore, this time the petrol price hike would not be tolerated and all effort would be made to make Bharat and UP bandhs a success.

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