Over the rising fuel prices, the Congress is following the six hour Odisha Bandh which began at 7 am on 15th February. The President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), Niranjan Patnaik affirmed that the bandh would be peaceful, the vehicular movement would be interrupted and train services will also be affected in Bhubaneswar.
Meanwhile, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) also targeted the BJP at the Centre Government for the rise of fuel prices and petroleum products. Even during the lockdown, the frequent rise in fuel and losses of the job due to Coronavirus pandemic has affected the people in a poor state of manner.
Sanjay Dasburma, BJD General Secretary stated that in the last 44 days the prices of diesel and petrol have increased around 17 times which in result have impacted the cost of essential goods. In Odisha, petrol is priced at Rs 93 and diesel at Rs 90, compounding the problems of the common man.
Sanjay further said that the Union Minister concluded that the price hike of diesel and petrol will not affect or impede the general public but the prices have risen seven times since the announcement. In 2015, even the price of crude oil had increased in the world market whereas the rate of petrol and diesel in India was within Rs 65 per liter. He further commended the Centre to give an explanation regarding the reason behind the price hike which is leading to the suffering of the people.
In 2021, the price of crude oil in the world market is USD 61 per barrel, but the rate of petrol and diesel has been hiked to Rs 93 and Rs 90. He asked for immediate retraction of the anti-people policy of the Central Government.
Talking about the LPG domestic cylinder, he further added that the rate of the LPG domestic cylinder has now reached Rs 745 per unit to which the Government should recall the matter and address this issue at the quickest.
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