To target the BJP-led central government over the issues of inflation and hike in fuel prices, the Congress on Saturday decided to launch a nationwide program ‘Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’.
Congress General Secretary Randeep Surjewala said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in consultation with general secretaries and in-charges, has decided to raise the voice of the people in the three-phase program against inflation ‘Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’, under which she will organize rallies. and marches across the country from March 31 to April 7.
Speaking to media persons, Surjewala said, “The people of India have been cheated, cheated and cheated by the Modi government. Petrol, Diesel, LPG cylinders, PNG and CNG to secure people’s votes. The past one week has been a nightmare for every household, after keeping the prices of petrol and diesel every day unchanged for 137 days. The proverb has been proved for the Modi government – ‘Oon’ the people, Phil coffers'”
Surjewala further said that this decision was taken in a meeting between Congress General Secretaries and state in-charges at the party headquarters under the chairmanship of KC Venugopal.
“On March 31, Congressmen and people will protest outside their homes and public places with gas cylinders and dhol-bells-other instruments to draw the attention of the deaf BJP government against the insurmountable increase in the prices of petrol, diesel. gas. District level Mehndi Mukt Bharat Dharna and march will be held from 2nd to 4th April. There will be a state-level dharna on April 7 at the state headquarters,” he said.
With the increase of 80 paise in the prices of petrol and diesel on Saturday, an increase of Rs 3.20 per liter has been done in five days. After the latest price revision, petrol will be sold at Rs 98.61 per liter and diesel at Rs 89.87 per liter in Delhi. Petrol will cost Rs 113.35 after an increase of 84 paise and diesel will be sold for Rs 97.55 after an increase of 85 paise in the financial capital Mumbai. In Mumbai, the prices are the highest among all the metros.
Fuel prices were hiked for the first time since November last year on March 22. Since then the prices have been increasing continuously.
On November 2 last year, the price of petrol was increased by Rs 35 per liter and on November 1 the price of diesel was increased by 35 paise per liter.
On November 3 last year, the Center had cut excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 per liter and on diesel by Rs 10 per liter to reduce retail prices across the country. Subsequently, several state governments reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to provide relief to the people.
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