On July 8, 2021, hundreds of demonstrations took place across the country against the skyrocketing prices of petrol, diesel and LPG and against the rising inflation of all essential commodities. A large number of workers, farmers, women and youth took part in it.
In Punjab and Haryana, all business remained closed between 10-12 pm except for essential services.
In the districts of Kurukshetra, Panipat, Hisar, Rewari, Mohali of Haryana and in many districts of Punjab like Amritsar, Jalandhar, Pathankot, huge demonstrations were organized. Apart from this, protests against inflation were also held in Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
People demonstrated with their vehicles – bikes, cars, tractors, trucks and gas cylinders and chulhas.
People in different places chose different ways of protesting against inflation. In some places, farmers and others protested by honking their horns. At many places, protesters parked their vehicles on the side of the road and registered their protest by displaying their empty gas cylinders, holding placards and banners. In some places, farmers protested by pulling vehicles like tractors with ropes.
At present, the prices of petrol and diesel have reached close to Rs 100 per liter and beyond it in some states. There is a lot of resentment among the workers, farmers, youth and women across the country that the rising prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas only benefit the big capitalist companies and the government; it is unjust and unbearable for the workers, farmers and common people.