Social distancing goes for toss as RJD leaders protest fuel hike

Social distancing goes for toss as RJD leaders protest fuel hike

As fuel prices skyrocket across the country, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav along with other party cadres were seen riding bicycles as a mark of protest on the streets of Patna on Thursday.

In a video, posted by news agency ANI, RJD workers were seen raising slogans against the latest fuel hike, while senior leaders were seen riding bicycles.

The RJD cadres were seen flouting Covid-19 norms, as they walked in a group defying social distancing norms and only a few of them were seen wearing masks.

The protest comes as the price of diesel in Delhi crossed the Rs 80 per liter-mark for the first time ever on Thursday as oil companies raised prices for the 19th day, taking the approximate rise to Rs 10.63 a litre.

Petrol price, after a day's hiatus, was increased by 16 paise and the surge in less than three weeks now totals Rs 8.66 per litre.

The daily rise in fuel rates in India started from June 7 after an 82-day gap amid coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The protest also comes at a time when the country is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected 4,73,105 people in India.