Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD in Odisha took the kerosene issue to the streets today by staging protest in front of Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to Centre through Governor SC Jamir.
A group of Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) activists headed by its President and Minister of food supplies and consumer welfare Sanjay Dasburma held a bike rally across Bhubaneswar and finally ended up with a agitation outside Governor house. Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das, Panchayati Raj Minister Arun Sahu and MLA Atanu Sabyasachi also participated in the agitation.
The BJD has decided to stage 3-day agitation starting from today’s protest at Raj Bhawan shouting slogans against the slashing of State’s kerosene quota by the Centre.
Dasburma alleged that in spite of repeated request by the state government to restore the earlier quota, the Centre did not pay heed to their plea.
In the memorandum, we have pleaded the President of India to intervene into the matter, demanding restoration of allocation of Public Distribution System (PDS) Superior Kerosene (SK) Oil and opening of non-PDS SK oil outlets in the state.
Similarly, on April 11 and 12 they will stage a dharna before the RDC offices in Berhampur and Sambalpur respectively.