Siddaramaiah cycle protest against hike in fuel prices, questions BJP´s silence

At a time when the crude prices at just USD 30, the Narendra Modi government has increased fuel prices drastically. This has affected the lives of the common man during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah along with Congress leaders on Monday rode a bicycle from his residence to Minsk Square in Bengaluru to protest against the hike in fuel prices.

KPCC President DK Shivakumar was also seen riding a bicycle along with other members of the Congress party to Minsk Square where the party staged the protest.

Siddaramaiah on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a drastic hike in fuel prices.

Siddaramiah has also written to PM Modi on 17th June raising concerns about the fuel price hike in the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. He has alleged that the BJP government is extracting flesh out of the common people when the country is undergoing a crisis.

Also read: Fuel Price Hike: Siddaramaiah writes to Narendra Modi

“Continuous hike in fuel prices since the last 22 days has exposed the opportunistic and inhumane character of PMO India, Narendra Modi. Poor and middle-class people are worst affected and this comes at a time when the world is facing health crisis and job loss,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

“BJP leaders jumped to criticise Dr. Manmohan Singh for increasing fuel prices marginally when crude oil price touched USD 120. Now with crude prices at just USD 30, the Narendra Modi government has increased fuel prices drastically. Why are BJP leaders silent now?
#SpeakUpAgainstFuelHike,” he added.

 

During the protest, Mr Siddaramaiah and Mr Shivakumar along with party leaders carried a bike on their shoulders.

“We are carrying out our duty today. At the time of the UPA government’s rule, when there was any hike in fuel prices, several BJP leaders had made bold statements. It is ironic that today, at the time of this COVID-19 pandemic, even despite the price of barrels falling, they have increased fuel prices,” said Mr Shivakumar.

 

 

“In Delhi, diesel prices have exceeded petrol prices. We must protest against this. The DCP can file whatever case he wants to. Despite several cases against us, we have never been shaken up. They are inconveniencing people and causing the people to burn in hell. These people must be protected,” he added.

With the hike in fuel prices, the petrol prices stand at Rs 83.04/litre (increase by Rs 0.05), and the diesel prices stand at Rs 76.58/litre (increase by Rs 0.13) in Bengaluru, according to a price notification of state oil marketing companies.

The Congress has termed the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel as “unjust” and “thoughtless”, and urged the Central government to roll back the increase with immediate effect and pass on the benefit of low oil prices directly to the people.

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