Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress will hold rallies in 144 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on June 6 to protest against the hike in the prices of cooking gas and petroleum products, Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president, who was addressing a meeting at Hazra Road, said on Tuesday.The Trinamool Youth Congress organised two rallies in South and North Kolkata to protest against the sharp rise in the price of cooking gas. In the North, the rally which started from Moulali and ended at Esplanade was attended by party’s MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay along with MLA Shashi Panja, Paresh Pal and Nayana Bandyopadhyay. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has set up a committee comprising Subrata Bakshi, Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Suvendu Adhikari and Abhishek Banerjee to build intense contact with the people at the grassroots. The party MLAs will visit every household to renew the contacts. Abhishek Banerjee maintained that within two days after the formation of the new government, the price of cooking gas has skyrocketed and this is going to affect the middle-class people. “There is mounting unemployment which is at an all-time high in the past four decades and the country’s GDP has nosedived. But the BJP is not interested to address these issues and has won the general elections by playing religious cards and manipulating the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAbhishek said the Trinamool Congress will always work for the masses and raise its voice against the steps that will affect the interests of the common people. This is evident from the fact that the party has increased its vote share by 4 percent. “People in Bengal know that they will get Trinamool Congress whenever they are in trouble. Trinamool is not like seasonal birds who come during the elections and after that, they could not be found anywhere.” He said the BJP could not have secured 18 seats, had CPI(M) not transferred 22 percent votes to the saffron party. “Both CPI(M) and Congress have shifted their votes to the BJP and this has helped the party to secure 18 seats.” “Those people who are trying to give an impression that in Bengal Trinamool’s days are numbered are living in a fool’s paradise. In 2021 Trinamool will do well, he said. Abhishek also urged his workers to reclaim the party offices that have been forcibly taken away by the BJP. “Many have already been reclaimed and many will be reclaimed soon,” he said. He told the party workers not to get worried and continue to build contacts with the masses. “Trinamool has done well in the Lok Sabha polls and we should all work together to build intense contact with the people,” he added.