Aam Aadmi Party leaders hit the street in Delhi on Wednesday staging innovative protests against the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel. Raising disparaging slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they marched towards Shastri Bhawan to meet the Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
The protesters chanted, “Ye dekho Modi ka khel, 80 rupye ka ho gaya tel (Look at the drama of Modi, now petrol being sold at Rs 80 (per litre).”
This was in reference to the report that petrol was costing Rs 80 per litre in Mumbai.
AAP MLA, Alka Lamba said, “Every MLA of Aam Aadmi Party is standing outside the office of the country’s petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradhan. The country wants to know why the prices of oil are sky rocketing in India when the crude oil in international market has been at an all time low.”
Lamba alleged the reason behind the soaring oil prices was to ensure that oil companies benefited from the price rise.
However, the AAP MLAs were later detained Delhi Police.
“Our MLAs who had gone to the petroleum ministry at Shastri Bhawan to submit a memorandum against the high prices of petrol and diesel were detained,” tweeted AAP’s Delhi convenor Gopal Rai.
पेट्रोल-डीजल के बढ़े दामों के खिलाफ़ पेट्रोलियम मंत्रालय ज्ञापन देने आप विधायक हिरासत में। pic.twitter.com/kfPLcbUrjQ
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“This was a peaceful attempt to meet the minister, as is the democratic right of every citizen. Our MLAs were stopped at the entry,” Rai was quoted by The Hindu.
The Centre’s Modi government has been under fire for not being able to control the rising prices of petrol and diesel prices. While in opposition, Modi and other BJP leaders often took to streets criticising the then UPA government for rise in prices of petrol and diesel.
The party had promised to bring the prices down if it formed the government at the Centre. More than three years after they won a historic landslide, their performance has been abysmal.