West Bengal’s Labour Minister Becharam Manna traveled by cycle 38 km from his home in the Hooghly district to reach the state assembly in protest as petrol price crossed the Rs 100-mark in Kolkata, as per PTI.
Manna is the TMC MLA from Singur and came into the limelight with the agitation against the Tata Nano factory in the late 2000s. Some party workers were with him.
He started at 8 am and reached his destination in Kolkata around 12.30 pm for the session that was ongoing.
“Steep rise in fuel prices is the latest failure of the Narendra Modi government. Petrol price crossed the century-mark in Kolkata and we are protesting against this,” he said while speaking to the media.
He alleged that the BJP is squeezing the common man, while the TMC is trying to serve the people.
Petrol prices on the rise
Petrol prices have gone up in many states since May and the Rs 100 mark has been breached in many areas.
Mumbai has seen Rs 103.63 for a litre.
Revision of fuel prices is done in line with benchmark international price and foreign exchange rates on a daily basis by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) like Shell, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Essar, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL).
Petrol is retailing over Rs 100 per litre in eight states and union territories — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.