The Jammu and Kashmir Congress Wednesday staged protest in Jammu against the BJP-led Centre over the “incessant hike” in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas.
Carrying placards denouncing the “unprecedented and unjustified” hike, the participants chanted slogans against the BJP government and demanded immediate rollback of the prices.
They lashed out at the Centre over the rise in petrol and diesel prices and claimed that the excise duty on diesel has been hiked by 820 per cent and petrol by 258 per cent in the last six years.
The Congress leaders also targeted the government for steep hike in the prices of LPG cylinders and accused it of “looting” poor people by raising the fuel prices.
“The incessant hike in fuel prices is an additional burden on the common people who are at the limit of their woes owing to the Covid-19 induced lockdown for months,” they said.
He said the poor and the middle class have been severely hit by the recent hikes.
They said that BJP’s claim of providing ‘pro-people’ governance stands exposed as the Central government has allegedly failed miserably to address the issues affecting the general public.
They also raised slogans to immediately roll back property tax in Jammu and Kashmir.
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