Protests are raging against rising petrol prices. On February 26, Bharat called for a bandh. The bandh, called by All India Traders, will be attended by members from 40,000 trade associations across the country. About 8 crore people are expected to participate in the bandh. Like the farmers are making plans to block national highways. They are getting support from many quarters.
The bandh will be against petroleum prices as well as e-way bill provisions, goods and services tax (GST) and other issues. The strike, called by the Confederation of All India Traders, has already been supported by several unions. In addition, the All India Motorists Welfare Association (AITWA) has given its full support.
AITWA president Mahendra Arya said the bandh would be supported by all state-level motorists’ associations. He demanded reduction in diesel prices and uniform prices across the country. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced a road blockade similar to the ‘chakka jam’ undertaken by farmers seeking repeal of agricultural laws.
It is known that the price of petrol has already crossed the century mark. Diesel prices are also rising to compete. As a result, poor and middle class people are facing severe difficulties. There is widespread outrage over rising fuel prices.