Nationwide protests erupt across India

Nationwide protests erupt across India

NEW DELHI - In India , nationwide protests are being held against record high petrol and diesel prices.

The protests have shut down businesses, government offices and schools in many parts of the country after protesters blocked trains and roads and vandalized vehicles.

The opposition parties banded together to organize their first protest action in a joint campaign to stir discontent with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.

The main opposition Congress party said on Twitter that past governments have usually lowered taxes whenever international oil prices shot up, but Modi’s administration has made little concession so far.

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