BJD to stage dharna at all filling stations on April 7

Bhubaneswar: The members of Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) and Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) will stage dharna in front of all petrol pumps across the State on April 7 in protest against the rise of petrol and diesel price.

Hitting out at Centre for erring policy that led to price hike, BJD spokesperson Arun Sahoo said at a press meet that the price of petrol has increased maximum in last four years while diesel price has created all-time record during this period. The BJD will not tolerate such anti-people policy of Centre any more, he added.

The party has decided to reach people with the fact on the frequent hike in price of petroleum products and expose the hidden agenda of Centre, Sahoo added.

In July 2014 the central excise duty on petrol/litre was Rs 9 and 20 paise while it reached Rs 19 and 48 paise in 2018 which is a hike of 200 per cent. Similarly, excise duty on diesel was Rs 3 and 46 paise in July 2014 while it rose to Rs 15 and 33 paise in 2018, Sahoo pointed out.

He further said the Centre collects Rs 50 as National Contingent Duty per metric tonne of crude oil.

BJD youth leader Sanjay Dasburma lashed out at Union Petroleum Minister Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, saying that the rate at which fuel prices are rising, it is sure that prices of essential commodities would also increase. The Centre and the Petroleum Minister would be held responsible if the price of essential commodities is increased.

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