Rahul Gandhi Leads Congress to Protest Against Fuel Price Hike

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Congress has announced a statewide anti-inflation and anti-fuel-price campaign called “Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan” across the country from March 31 to April 7.

Rahul Gandhi Leads Congress to Protest Against Fuel Price Hike
Rahul Gandhi at a sit-in against the increase in petrol prices at Vijay Chowk

On Thursday, Congress MPs led by Rahul Gandhi protested against the increase in petrol prices at Vijay Chowk. Gandhi, along with party MPs from both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, staged a demonstration with placards, calling for the increase in fuel and diesel prices to be reversed.

“In the last 10 days, petrol and diesel price have been increased 9 times. We demand that the rising prices should be brought under control. Congress party is holding nationwide protests on this issue today,” said Rahul Gandhi as reported by news agency ANI.

ANI quoted Congress leader Adheer Ranjan Chaudhary as saying, “We had predicted that as soon as elections in 5 states will conclude the fuel prices will be hiked. We demand that fuel prices be rolled back. The govt cannot understand the difficulties being faced by the public because of rising fuel prices.”

Congress state units held the protest to attack BJP led NDA government for its economic failure as the fuel price continue to surge for the sixth day straight.

Congress workers also held a protest in Chennai against the Central government for inflation and fuel price hike.

“Today, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, we are holding nationwide protests against fuel and LPG price hikes,” said Congress leader Mallikaarjun Kharge.

In Hubli, Karnataka, Congress leaders demonstrated against rising fuel costs and LPG gas cylinders.

In Bhopal, Congress workers demonstrate over increased fuel costs. Kamal Nath, the party’s leader and former chief minister, also took part in the demonstration.

The Congress has announced a statewide anti-inflation and anti-fuel-price campaign called “Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan” which would include demonstrations and marches across the country from March 31 to April 7.

On Thursday, petrol and diesel prices were both increased by 80 paise per litre, taking the total increase in fuel rates in the previous ten days to Rs 6.40 per litre. This was the seventh rate hike since the end of a four-and-a-half-month rate revision break on March 22.

With the latest price increase, petrol now costs Rs 101.81 per litre in Delhi, while diesel costs Rs 93.07 per litre.


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