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BJD to observe 5-hour Bandh tomorrow against petrol price rise

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Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will stage a five-hour-long protest tomorrow in Odisha against the rising price of petrol, diesel and cooking gas by the BJP government in Centre, the party announced in a press conference here at party headquarters.

The protest will be staged under the banner of ‘Haq Pain Hartal’ (protest for right) and will be effective from 7 am to 12 noon on Monday.

Protests will be staged at all district headquarters offices, block and municipality offices across the state.

The essential services like health, ambulance service etc. will be excluded from the protest while train, bus and other modes of transportation will remain closed.

The party has also asked all government offices in the state to remain closed during the protest. The BJD workers will be engaged in picketing in front of government offices and blockade of roads during the protest hours.

The decision has been taken following the high-rise in prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, which has turned a burden on common people and poor. It is also affecting the economy of the nation. The rise in transportation has resulted in a hike in the price of essential goods. This decision of the Centre is anti-people, said BJD leaders at the press meet.

They also claimed that the BJP government is hiking the oil price for the benefit of company and corporate houses. The Modi government has exempted around Rs two crore tax to various corporate houses, but exploiting poor consumers by hiking the cooking gas price. The BJD has called the ‘Haq Pain Hartal’ against these.

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