India’s opposition protests LPG price rise
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.