BJD demonstrates against fuel price hike

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Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday staged a massive demonstration in front of Governor’s House here protesting the soaring petrol and diesel prices in the state.

Upping the ante against the NDA-led Union government, the activists of the ruling party organised a mega convention in the capital city to pressurise the Centre to take steps in reducing prices of petrol and diesel. The party activists took out rallies and chanted slogans against the Centre.

protestThe members of the party’s youth wing Biju Yuva Janata Dal; party’s students’ wing Biju Chhatra Janata Dal and the women wing Biju Mahila Janata Dal also joined the demonstration. The party activists will submit a memorandum of demands to Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal addressing the President of India.

Notably, the ruling party workers had recently staged dharna in front of all petrol pumps from September 7 to 9 to sensitize people against Centre’s inaction on the issue.

“Although the crude oil price in the international market has reduced, the prices of oil and LPG across the country are skyrocketing. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan is passing the bucks and blaming the international market and the state government,” alleged BJD general secretary Sanjay Das Burma.

“The union minister has failed to control the fuel and gas price. This year the fuel price has increased 14 times. We will extend the protest across the state and intensify it unless the fuel prices are controlled.” Das Burma added.

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