In­dia faces protests over ris­ing fuel prices

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ROADS were empty, busi­nesses were closed and schools shut down Mon­day in parts of In­dia, as op­po­si­tion politi­cians look­ing to­ward elec­tions called for a na­tion­wide strike over ris­ing fuel prices.

While the strike caused barely a rip­ple in many cities, pro­test­ers burned tires in re­mote Arunachal Pradesh, threw stones at stores that re­fused to close in the south­ern state of Kar­nataka and stopped buses from run­ning in part of Gu­jarat. Op­po­si­tion lead­ers had called for a com­plete shut­down, with all busi­nesses, schools and trans­porta­tion net­works closed.

The op­po­si­tion, with an eye on na­tional elec­tions next year and key state elec­tions later this year, blame the ris­ing prices on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Naren­dra Modi: Down! Down!” demon­stra­tors chanted at a small New Delhi protest. Fuel prices are up nearly 15 per­cent this year in In­dia, largely as a re­sult of the fall­ing value of the In­dian ru­pee. – AP

Photo: AP

Congress party sup­port­ers shout slo­gans as they ride on bul­lock carts dur­ing a protest against fuel price hike and other econ­omy is­sues in Ban­ga­lore, In­dia, on Mon­day.

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