On Women’s Day, Mamata Banerjee leads “padayatra” in Kolkata, protests fuel price hike

LPG, diesel and petrol prices have increased sharply in the past few months.

On International Women’s Day, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee led a “padayatra” in Kolkata that started from College Square and ended at Dorina crossing near Esplanade. The women nominated as Trinamool’s candidates were by Banerjee’s side and the protest was focused on the hike in price of petrol, diesel and LPG.

Banerjee, at the end of the “padayatra”, said that the Centre has to answer why the price was increasing, and women who were at the receiving end, would respond to it in the coming elections. “We are giving free rice to the poor, but to boil it they have to purchase LPG at Rs 900!” she exclaimed.

Banerjee had started her election rally in Siliguri on Sunday after announcing the names of candidates on Friday. On Monday, she led a huge rally in Kolkata which was being seen as her campaigning kickstarting in south Bengal.

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