On August 3, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hosted a breakfast meeting for leaders of 15 opposition parties. Following the meet, a few leaders and other party members of Congress accompanied Gandhi for a bicycle ride to Parliament to protest against rising fuel prices.
Rahul Gandhi took a toll over the Centre Government and asked, “Neither our faces are important nor our names. What is essential is that we are the people’s representatives. Behind every face lies crores of faces who are troubled by price rise and inflation. Are these the ‘ache din’.”
The protest included leaders namely – Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Kanimozhi, Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule and Praful Patel, Trinamool Congress’s Saugato Roy, Kalyan Banerjee, and Mahua Moitra, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Priyanka Chaturvedi, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Manoj Jha.
This step by Gandhi was also taken to ensure that the opposition parties remain united. However, no one from Bahujan Samaj Party showed up at the protest.
“The government is looting the country. People are suffering. The government is not hearing to discuss this issue. (During the meeting) we discussed price rise, farmer’s issue, and of course, Pegasus,” said KC Venugopal after the meeting.
Since the beginning of the monsoon, session opposition has been putting up different issues regarding the three farm laws, Pegasus and inflation. The opposition reportedly agreed to cooperate only if the government allows a discussion on the repealing of the same.
Fuel price in India has seen a constant rise during the past few years.