BRS holds state-wide protests against LPG cylinders price hike
DECCAN CHRONICLE | DC Correspondent
HYDERABAD: The BRS on Thursday launched state-wide protests against Centre's decision on Wednesday to hike the price of domestic and commercial LPG cylinders by Rs 50. The party will continue its protests on Friday.
Ministers and BRS MLAs led the protest rallies, staged rasta rokos in all Assembly constituency headquarters, towns and mandal headquarters towns. They demanded that the Centre withdraw the hike and increase the subsidy on LPG.
BRS protesters raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led government at the Centre and burnt after holding rallies.
The BRS activists, especially women, carried empty cylinders. They organised road blockades in some places and raised slogans "BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao."
Taking part in a protest at Ghatkesar, finance minister T. Harish Rao lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre for imposing huge cuts in subsidy amount for cylinders. He said the previous UPA government had allocated Rs 2.14 lakh crore towards LPG subsidy which the BJP government had brought down to Rs 37,209 crore. "This is the reason for the price of domestic cylinders increasing from Rs 400 during the UPA regime to Rs 1,200 under BJP regime," Harish Rao said.
Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav took part in a protest at Jubilee bus station in Secunderabad. He said that the days of Modi government were numbered and people across the country were eager to dethrone BJP government in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. He alleged that the Modi government has made the lives of common people miserable with higher fuel and LPG prices.
Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy held protest rallies in Nizamabad while minister V.Srinivas Goud at Mahbubnagar and minister G. Jagadish Reddy in Nalgonda.