Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his disappointment over the announcement of the diesel price hike, and demanded an immediate rollback of the raised rates.

He also flayed the cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders to just six cylinders in a year for each household.

The government Thursday announced a hike in diesel price by Rs.5 a litre and capped supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to six per family per year. The decisions came into effect midnight Thursday.

“It is complete failure of the central government’s financial policy, that will affect all sections of the society especially the poors. We demand an immediate rollback in the hike”, Patnaik.

Meanwhile hundreds of party workers and leaders of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) hit the streets in Bhubaneswar to press for the immediate rollback of the decision. The protestors staged a demonstration at Rajmahal square and also burnt effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Source: 360 NS