Mamata Banerjee rides electric scooter to protest over fuel price hike
To protest against fuel price hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday (February 25) rode on an electric scooter to Nabanna (state secretariat).
After remaining unchanged for a month, the price of fuel oil has gone up since January 8. Even in a few places like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, petrol prices have gone to Rs 100. In Kolkata, the price is not low. The price of petrol is 91 rupees 12 paise per liter. A liter of diesel costs 84 rupees 20 paise in the state.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has withdrawn a cess of Rs 1 per liter of petrol and diesel from last Monday (February 22). But this did not give any good solution to the problem. At the same time, the price of unsubsidised cooking gas has risen sharply. Therefore, Mamata Banerjee protested against the ongoing rise in fuel prices by commuting to the state secretariat on an electric scooter.
The CM was seen sitting behind state minister and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim, who rode the battery-powered electric scooter. The two had blue helmets on their heads and protest posters around their necks.
Crowds of people gathered on both sides of the road to see Mamata riding an e-scooter on the highway. Mamata was seen waving to them. Chief Minister Mamata was not seen using a two-wheeler mainly for security reasons. But before the assembly vote, she joined the protest.
Meanwhile, the high prevailing fuel prices have led to their own thread of protests around the country. The poster Mamata Banerjee appears to reflect an attack on the Prime Minister. It reads: 'What is in your mouth? Petrol price hike. Diesel price hike. Cooking gas price hike' bearing a demonic face.
Later, Mamata went to the state secretariat and informed that the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas are increasing uncontrollably. She said, “When Narendra Modi came to power, the difference between the price of fuel oil and where it is now can be understood by looking at it. The Narendra Modi government only gives free gas when the election comes. It is not cooking gas, it goes with the 'gas' of vanity or falsehood.” At the same time, Mamata said that she will return home from Nabanna by e-scooter in the evening.