The Associated Press reports from New Delhi — India's beleaguered government faced angry protests from its political allies as well as the opposition Friday after it raised the price of diesel fuel in a bid to curb a ballooning national deficit.
The price of diesel — important for farmers' irrigation pumps and tractors, as well as trains and buses — is politically sensitive in India.
"It will affect the farmer, it will affect the common people," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told CNN-IBN television channel. She demanded that the government withdraw the hike. Read the full story.