Congress to protest fuel price hike in Mangaluru on March 2

Source: TNN | Published on 24th February 2021, 11:35 AM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Opposing the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) will hold a protest rally from Light House Hill to the deputy commissioner’s office on March 2.

DCC president K Harish Kumar said that organisations of owners and workers of buses, auto rickshaws, fishing boats and other forums will take part in the rally, which will commence at 10am. Meanwhile, buses and auto rickshaws will remain off the road as a token of protest till 2pm on the day, he said.

“Nearly 70% of the trawlers are anchored due to the increase in the price of diesel. They are now forced to shell out Rs 5 lakh – Rs 6 lakh per week for diesel for each trawler. However, their catch does not fetch them that amount. Hence, a majority of fishermen have anchored their trawlers. Meanwhile, owners of borewell rigs too are in distress since they are unable to maintain business due to the soaring price of diesel. Similarly, earthmover machines and buses too face difficulties due to hike in fuel price,” he said, adding the hike of petrol and diesel prices has led to an increase in prices of essential commodities.

“People were discussing the price of crude oil in the international market during UPA tenure and its the same during BJP’s rule. The price of petrol in India has almost touched Rs 100. The price of petrol in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh is Rs 98.64 per litre, which is the highest in India. The Congress government in Rajasthan has reduced the state tax by Rs 3. Price of petrol is more in states ruled by BJP,” Kumar said adding the nation has never witnessed such a scenario in its history.

Blaming the Union government, Kumar said the faulty economic and foreign policies have led to an increase in fuel prices.

Former minister B Ramanath Rai said the BJP government has not reduced the price of petrol and diesel even when crude oil price in international market was 40 dollars per barrel.


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