Patna: The women cell of Bihar Congress in Patna on Thursday staged a protest march against skyrocketing cooking gas cylinder prices saying the Modi-led government at the Center had failed to stick to its promise of keeping prices of essential items in check.
The march began at Sadaqat Ashram, the state Congress headquarters in Patna, and ended at the Boring Road Crossing where the protestors chanted anti Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar slogans while also burning an effigy of the Prime Minister.
The march was led by Bihar Pradesh Mahila Congress chairperson Amita Bhushan who said that the Prime Minister and Home Minister Amit Shah were punishing the voters for their support to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the recent Delhi elections where BJP was limited to only 8 seats while AAP won handily at the remaining 62 seats.
"The nation's economy was already suffering under the Modi rule but now things have become even worse with cooking gas price reaching a new high. We will launch a stage-wise stir against growing prices of essential items under the NDA rule at the Center and in Bihar," she said.
Incidentally, the cooking gas (LPG) price has gone up by Rs. 149 per cylinder since the Delhi election results were announced. According to the new rates, a 5 kg cylinder (domestic use, non-subsidy) will now sell for Rs. 350 in Patna – nearly Rs. 15 more than the Delhi rate. The commercial version of the same cylinder will now sell for Rs. 472.50.
The 14.2 kg non-subsidy tank is priced at Rs. 956.50 while a 19 kg cylinder is priced at Rs. 1650.
Currently, the government makes twelve 14.2 kg cylinders available for home use each year. Anything over 12 cylinders are sold at the normal market rate that is many times higher than the subsidized rate.
Interestingly, it was BJP's Smriti Irani who was sitting on a dharna with empty gas cylinders in her hand to oppose the rising cost of LPG under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government.