Petrol price hike fuels protests

Petrol price hike fuels protests

Rollback of steep increase sought; State asked to cut sales tax on petrol

Petrol price hike fuels protests

Members of the CPM protested against the Central Government’s decision to hike the price of petrol by pulling two-wheelers with ropes at the New Bus Stop Circle on Thursday.

The protesters also formed a human chain and shouted slogans against the Central government.

The protesters expressed anger that the Central government has hiked Rs 7.50 for petrol, giving lame excuse of rise in petroleum price.

This price hike is a blow to the common people who are struggling to fend for the basic needs. When compared to other nations, petrol is costliest in India. Even in comparison with other states, it is highest in Karnataka.

Due to policies of the ruling parties high taxes have been levied and the governments have failed in controlling the prices. They accused the UPA government of increasing price of the basic commodities thrice than it was before.

Manmohan Singh led government has favoured the rich with an average of Rs 8 lakh crore worth duty-free facilities.  Protesters demand that the petrol price hike should be withdrawn and duty on petroleum products should be reduced.

District unit secretary Narayanaswamy, V Geetha, T M Venkatesh and others were present.

Members of District BJP unit will stage protest on Friday, against petrol price hike, said District unit president Om Shakthi Chalapathi.

In Chikkaballapur

Petrol bunks in Chikkaballapur were stormed with motorists on Wednesday night. Citizens expressed disappointment over petrol price hike, which was in effect from Thursday.

Till Wednesday petrol price was Rs 72.90 in Chikkaballapur. But Thursday onwards we are forced to pay Rs 80.40. Government raising petrol price again and  again has inconvenienced people, they said. Hundreds of BJP party members blocked road near KSRTC Bus stop in Bagepalli, protesting against price rise.

Under the leadership of BJP mandal president G S Chowdareddy, the members started protest march from H N Circle and travelled through main road and blocked road in front of KSRTC Bus stop.

The protesters appealed to the Stste government to cut sales tax on petrol.
Speaking on the occasion, Chowdareddy said: “Price of basic commodities including ration, kerosene, petrol and diesel has been increased at least thrice in three years. The Central government has not responded to State’s request for additional grant

He demanded the government to withdraw its decision on petrol price hike else warned that protests will be intensified.

Members of CPM also staged protest against Central government’s action on hiking Rs 7.50 on petrol. The protesters burnt effigy of the government.

CPM members too blocked the Main Road near KSRTC bus stop. Addressing the protesters, CPM State Committee member M P Munivenkatappa said: “Value of the Rupee has collapsed against the Dollar. This is the main reason behind government owned petroleum companies increasing price of petrol, diesel and LPGs.

This has proved burden on the common man. Accusing UPA government of acting as agents of oil companies, the protesters said that the government is trying to threaten sovereignty of the country and demanded immediate withdrawal of hike in petrol price.

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