West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday was nearly going to slip while driving an electric scooter in Howrah. As a mark of protest against the fuel price hike, Mamata was travelling to Kalighat from State Secretariat in Nabanna. However, she quickly regained her balance with support and continued to drive.
Earlier, in a unique protest against the fuel price hike, the chief minister rode pillion on an electric scooter to state secretariat Nabanna. She was seen sitting behind state minister Firhad Hakim, who rode the battery-powered electric scooter.
With a placard protesting against the petrol price hike hanging around her neck, helmet-clad Mamata waved at people on both sides of the road during the seven-km-long journey from Hazra More to the state secretariat.
After reaching Nabanna, following a 45-minute ride, she slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre saying, "We are protesting against the fuel price hike. The Modi government only makes false promises. They have done nothing to bring down fuel prices. You can see the difference in petrol prices when the Modi government came to power and now."
She added that Trinamool Congress will launch a stir against fuel price rise from Friday. "The BJP had promised free LPG connections to the people before coming to power and now they are hiking its price," she said.
"Modi and Shah are selling the country. They are selling the profit-making PSUs. This is an anti-people, anti-woman, anti-youth, anti-farmer government," she added.