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Indian opposition leads protests at high fuel prices

Indian Congress activists walk in a rally during a nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ strike called by main opposition parties against a fuel price hike. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Indians set tyres on fire, vandalised petrol stations and blocked roads and railways on Monday (10) as opposition parties led nationwide demonstrations against rising fuel prices. The protests were called by the opposition Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi, who is looking to challenge prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in general elections expected in early 2019. “Ever since the BJP came to power (in 2014) fuel prices have been going up. Prime minister Modi has failed to deliver on his promises to the people,” Gandhi, 48, told a crowd in Delhi. “Your money is being looted… Hatred is…

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