Jalandhar Youth Cong protests fuel price hike

Members of the Jalandhar unit of the Youth Congress burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in protest against the hike in petrol and diesel prices across the country on Sunday. The protest march started from Congress Bhawan and culminated at BMC Chowk, where an effigy of the PM was burnt.

Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri attacked the BJP government at the Centre for the sharp hike in prices of essentials commodities, making life miserable for all sections of society. He said the Modi government had failed on all the fronts and the focus of the Central Government seems to be shifted from helping livelihoods to revenue generation. While the entire country is battling the coronavirus, increase in diesel and petrol prices has increased the financial burden on every citizen, he said.Bunty Shelke, secretary of the Indian Youth Congress and in charge of the Punjab Youth Congress, said during the Congress rule, the rate of LPG cylinder was Rs 414 while now the rate has hit Rs 900 and same is the case for petrol and diesel. The prices of pulses and mustard oil have doubled in past 10 years. He further said that the Modi govt has imposed heavy taxes on the people as its economic policies have been a total failure leading to worst ever economic situation and lowest ever growth of the country leading to unprecedented price rise of all commodities.Angad Dutta, president of the Jalandhar Youth Congress, said: “With barely any control by the government, private companies were increasing the rates of petrol, diesel and gas cylinders time and again. Income sources of common man have shrunk after lockdowns were imposed, but the government, instead of providing any relief, has resorted to hiking prices of petrol, diesel and other essential commodities thereby burdening people financially.”He further added that the rise in petrol and diesel prices have set new records in the country and noted that despite the low international crude oil prices, the government was still taxing the common man.

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