Fuel price hike protests in Orissa
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:20
Bhubaneswar: The fuel price hike by the Centre led to protests in the Orissa assembly with non-Cogress parties demanding passage of a resolution seeking a roll-back.

While BJD, BJP, NCP and CPI members sought a resolution on the price hike in the assembly, the opposition Congress asked the state government to exempt entry tax and sales tax on petrol and diesel to lessen the burden.

Stating that his party was opposed to the fuel price hike, BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo said it would have a cascading effect.

"We demand passage of a single line resolution seeking a roll back in the price of petrol, diesel, kerosene and LPG gas," he said.

Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan, on the other hand, said it was a step to bring down inflation.

By decontrolling petrol and disel, the Centre could save about Rs 57,000 crore being spent on giving subsidy to nationalised oil companies, which would help reduce inflation, he said.

Congress members said that there were hikes in fuel prices 21 times during NDA rule. "Why then did not the BJD government attempt to pass a resolution against the hike?"

Throwing a challenge to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Congress member Anup Sai asked the state government to provide petrol at Rs 3 a litre just as it was distributing rice at Rs 2 a kg. "I hope Patnaik will announce this historic decision soon."

Outside the assembly, BJD workers and leaders staged dharna near Raj Bhavan and shouted slogans against the UPA government.

BJD's student wing activists burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted a memorandum to governor M C Bhadre for roll back fuel prices.


First Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:20

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