The Congress will on Monday (June 29) hold a nationwide agitation against the continuous daily hike in the petrol and diesel prices in Delhi. The party has also decided that its MPs, MLAs and leaders will submit memorandums to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding a withdrawal of the hikes.
In a statement, AICC General Secretary, In-charge for Organization, KC Venugopal said, “Protest against the unmindful, insensitive and unprecedented hike in the prices of petrol and diesel will be massive and will underline the government’s extortionist looting of the common man during the coronavirus crisis.”
Outlining the details of the nationwide agitation, KC Venugopal said through the protest programs, Congress party will highlight the heavy burden imposed upon the common people by the “anti-people policies of the Central government”.
In the following week, between June 30-July 4, the party will also conduct massive protests at the Taluk/Teshil and block levels, KC Venugopal said.
“For the last 21 consecutive days, the government has been increasing the price of petrol and diesel. In the process, putting undue extra burden on the shoulders of the common people,” he pointed out.
The central government had “amassed” huge profits on account of exorbitantly increased central excise duties on petrol and diesel, even as prices of international crude have been at a record low, the Rajya Sabha MP alleged.
Rather than passing on the benefits of the low cost of procurement to the people, the government had deliberately kept the price high by increasing the excise duty, Venugopal said.
On the same day, Congress will also hold a social media campaign called “Speak up on Petrol and Diesel Price Hike” to highlight the plights of farmers, taxi and bus owners, transporters, Ola/Uber drivers, labourers and the common people who suffer a cascading effect of such hikes, he said.