Siliguri, Mar 7 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led a 'padayatra' here on Sunday to protest against the steep hike in the price of LPG cylinders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Banerjee hit the road running on Sunday as they sparred over development while trying to woo voters for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
While Modi hit out at the Mamata government for failing the people of the state, Mamata questioned the Centre’s policies over the recent fuel price hike.
"Khela Hobe. You [Modi] decide the date and time. Modi, I challenge for a one-on-one khela. Khela Hobe! Say when you want to play. I dare you to debate with me one-on-one," said Mamata.
Highlights from Mamata's speech in North Bengal:
Accompanied by thousands of supporters, Banerjee set off on the protest march from Darjeeling More around 2 pm.
Many were seen holding red-coloured cardboard replicas of LPG cylinders at the 'yatra', which was led by the TMC supremo, and joined by her ministerial colleague Chandrima Bhattacharya, and party MPs Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.
Claiming that LPG cylinders would soon be beyond the reach of common man, the CM had said on Saturday that massive demonstrations should be held to 'make our voices heard'.
Bhattacharya said that the rally has been organised ahead of International Women's Day, and scores of women on Sunday have extended their support to the rally.