In­dia’s op­po­si­tion protests LPG price rise

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - In­dia’s op­po­si­tion par­ties on Tues­day staged protests in par­lia­ment against the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to raise the price of do­mes­tic LPG cylin­ders and de­manded a roll­back im­me­di­ately.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led gov­ern­ment de­cided to raise the prices of LPG cylin­ders by R4 each month to fi­nally elim­i­nate sub­si­dies by next March.

Lok Sabha, the lower house of par­lia­ment, wit­nessed a walk­out by some op­po­si­tion mem­bers as the gov­ern­ment re­fused to back off.

In the up­per house Ra­jya Sabha, op­po­si­tion mem­bers forced an ad­journ­ment even as Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han said the proposal to re­vise the prices had been made dur­ing the pre­vi­ous Congress-led gov­ern­ment.

“The [Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra] Modi gov­ern­ment wanted sub­si­dies to go only to the poor,” the Min­is­ter said.

Rais­ing the is­sue in Lok Sabha, Congress mem­ber K C Venu­gopal said, “In­ter­na­tional prices of crude oil are com­ing down. What jus­ti­fi­ca­tion do you have to end the gas sub­sidy?”

Tri­namool Congress leader Sudip Ban­dopad­hyay called it ‘anti-peo­ple’.

“Sub­sidy will be given to the poor, not to the well-off,” the Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter said.

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