The Indian Congress party Thursday threatened to stop transportation of cement from leading companies in Chhattisgarh to other states if their prices were not rolled back immediately.
The party held a massive protest outside Lafarge India’s Sonadih plant in Raipur district last week against soaring prices of cement, which now cost Rs 170 a bag, up from Rs120 since April. The party workers tried to lock the main gate of the plant but the police chased away the protesters. The Congress said the cement companies had been arbitrarily pushing up cement prices.
Chhattisgarh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has too asked cement producers to scale down the prices. Chhattisgarh is known as India’s leading cement manufacturing state. All the leading companies of the country have plants in Raipur district’s Baloda Bazar area, which is represented by the Congress in the state assembly.