Bhubaneswar, June 4: The Orissa Congress on Monday staged a protest against fuel price hike in Bhubaneswar.
The Odisha Congress workers took to streets here and in Cuttack holding banners and party flags to ensure a six-hour ‘chaka jam’.
Speaking to media, Congress President Nirajan Patnaik said ” the consumers are at loss and a few traders and manufacturers are gaining from the price hike.
He blamed both the Central and state government of not paying a heed to people’s plight.
“It’s not a shutdown, but a protest by Odisha Congress, where people from all walks of life have joined us in not using their vehicles till 12 noon,” the Congress leader added.
Odisha Congress holds strike & protest against fuel price hike in Bhubaneswar. Nirajan Patnaik, state Congress President says,"Consumers are at loss & a few traders & manufacturers are gaining from price hike. Both Centre & state govt are least bothered about people's plight," pic.twitter.com/RTxJXTSJmv
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In Bhubneshwar, the petrol is being sold at Rs 77 and diesel 73.97.
Acoording to IOC, revised petrol prices in metropolitan cities are – Delhi: Rs 77.96, Kolkata: Rs 80.60, Mumbai: Rs 85.77, and Chennai: Rs 80.94.
On Saturday, People across the country tweeted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding a cut in fuel prices in a unique “Tweet Morcha” organised by the Mumbai Congress.
Since May 30, the Indian Oil Corporation has cut price by 47 paise and diesel prices by 33 paise in New Delhi, while the similar reduction is done in other states.
However, before reducing the prices, oil marketing companies had hiked the fuel cost for 16 consecutive days – from May 13 to May 29, petrol price was increased by Rs 3.8 and diesel by Rs 3.38 per litre.