Key UPA allies — Trinamool Congress and the DMK — and the Samajwadi Party, which extends outside support to the government, on Friday mounted pressure on the Centre to roll back the steepest-ever petrol price hike.
Trinamool supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee would lead a protest march in Kolkata against the Rs 7.54 price hike on Saturday, while DMK called for an agitation in Tamil Nadu on May 30. The SP called a bandh across Uttar Pradesh on May 31.
Banerjee is scheduled to walk seven km from Jadavpur in the southern fringes of the city to Hazra Crossing.
“She will lead the procession… we are expecting people from all walks of life to join us,” said Trinamool MP and union minister of state for tourism Sultan Ahmed.
The BJP-led NDA and the Left have separately announced an all-India bandh on May 31 against the petrol price hike.
With inputs from agencies