Bhubaneswar: Protesting against the Union Government’s decision of hiking diesel price by Rs 5 a litre and restriction on supply of subsidized cooking gas cylinders to six per family per year, activists of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday held protest rallies across the State.
In the State capital Bhubaneswar, protestors took out rallies from different parts of the city and demonstrated in front of the ADM office demanding immediate rollback of both diesel price and cap on cooking gas.
Many of the protestors were holding empty cooking gas cylinders on their heads to demonstrate the burden that the limited supply of subsidised cooking fuel would pose.
Similar demonstrations were staged in front of government offices at all district headquarter towns of the State.
The central 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.
Earlier, BJD supremo Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressing his disappointment over the announcement of the diesel price hike, had demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Centre’s decision to increase in diesel prices and restriction on the supply of cooking gas.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance and the left parties have separately called a strike Sep 20 to protest the hike in diesel price, the cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders, and the later decision of the government to allow up to 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail.
The BJD has announced that it would not join the Sep 20 protest as several parts of Odisha would be celebrating Nuakhai or the famous harvest festival on that day.
Source: 360 NS