17:17 GMT03 March 2021
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    Shiv Sena used to be an ally of India’s federal ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but now it rules Maharashtra state with BJP’s arch-rival, Congress party, as its alliance partner.

    Shiv Sena, the ruling party of the Indian state of Maharashtra, staged a statewide protest on Friday to oppose the rising fuel and gas prices.

    Shiv Sena protesters carried placards as well as gas cylinders and raised slogans against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), criticising Narendra Modi's government.  

    Fuel prices have recently fluctuated in India and this Friday marked the second straight day of price rises.

    The increase has driven the cost of petrol in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to INR 86.95 ($1.19) per litre and INR 93.49 ($1.28) in Mumbai.

    “The Union government has been looting the common man for months by increasing the fuel prices... This has to stop. Shiv Sena will intensify protests if the centre does not arrest the price rise,” Ashish Chemburkar, a Shiv Sena politician told reporters on Friday.

    A section of netizens have also upbraided the Modi government with sarcastic abuse for the fuel hike.

    On Tuesday, Subramanian Swamy, a BJP leader and former cabinet minister, took to Twitter to target his own government on fuel prices, comparing it with other countries. 


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