Cong takes out cycle rally to oppose hike in fuel prices


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Congress protested against hike in price of petrol and diesel by the Central government and decision of levying additional cess by the state government.Congress workers burnt effigy of the governments at Roshanpura square and took out a cycle rally to oppose the hike in fuel prices. The cycle rally was led by party state president Arun Yadav. The rally started from PCC headquarters on Link Road. Yadav addressing the rally said that the BJP government came to power in the Centre on promise of ‘Achhey Din’ but has brought bad days for common people and farmers with tremendous hike in petrol and diesel prices. To add insult to injury, the state government had added to the misery of people by levying additional cess of 50 paisa per litre on fuel, said Yadav. Yadav said people are suffering the pain of double taxation despite introduction of Goods and Services Tax. Central government has not put petrol and diesel in GST list and centre and state are charging VAT (Value Added Tax) on it. Yadav questioned the governments as to why is fuel kept out of the GST list. He also said that Madhya Pradesh had earned the distinction of selling petrol and diesel at highest rates in the nation with highest tax slab. He said that people of Madhya Pradesh are forced to buy fuel at highest prices in India. Yadav added that Congress would take out bullock cart rally in all district, blocks and cities of the state on Thursday to protest the hike in petrol and diesel prices. National president of Youth Congress Amrindersingh Raja Brar, national secretary of Congress Jitu Patwari and state youth congress president Kunal Chowdhary too were present in the rally.