A day after the government increased the price of diesel and put a cap on subsidised LPG usage, there were widespread protests across the country today. People held rallies against the decision to restrict access to subsidised cooking gas to only 6 per year.
A symbolic rally was taken out in Khamla area in Nagpur. Women were seen burning logs of wood in makeshift chullahs and cooked food on street.
The government today came under attack from all quarters over diesel price hike and the decision on LPG.
Even the allies took out protest rallies today. In Thane, NCP workers rode on horse chariots and stopped the convoy of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
State-run oil marketing companies are losing Rs. 550 crore everyday on under-recoveries as a result of higher crude prices in the global markets. They make a loss of Rs. 17 per litre on diesel sales, Rs. 32.7 per litre on kerosene sales, and Rs. 347 per cylinder on cooking gas sales every day.