Opposition strike to protest rising prices disrupts life in India

May 28, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

How many people have said there is plenty of food and fuel to go around and not to worry about population issues?

Flights, rail services and road traffic in parts of India were badly affected Tuesday and some schools and businesses shut down by a strike called by the country’s opposition communist parties and their allies to protest rising food and fuel prices.

Food prices have jumped nearly 20 percent from last year amid shortages caused by weak monsoon rains that led to a drought while the costs of fuel and power have risen nearly 13 percent in March from a year ago, according to government data.

The sharp rises have pushed India’s headline inflation to 9.9 percent in March and become a political issue with the opposition parties attacking the ruling Congress party for not doing enough, holding up business in Parliament.

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