BJD protests oil price hike

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Bhubaneswar, Jun 8 (UNI)The ruling Biju Janata Dal today launched its five-day statewide demonstration against a hike in fuel prices by the union government.

Party General Secretary Narendra Swain said the agitation would be held in all parts of the state to expose the 'anti-people' policies of the Congress led UPA government.

As per the decisions protest rallies and roadside meetings would be held in all the 30 district headquarters, block headquarters and panchayat levels.

Mr Swain said memoranda would be sent to President Pratibha Patil through the district collectors.

The party activists would hold similar protests at block headquarters and gram panchyats in the following days.

Hundreds of party activists arrived to protest the hike. Women activists protested with empty cylinders.

After the rally a ten-member delegation of the party submitted a memorandum to the President through the state Governor.

The memorandum criticised the Union government for the hike in essential commodities and petroleum products.

They said the hike in prices of petroleum products would affect the poor and the middle class most.

The memorandum said the union government did not consult the constituent states while raising the prices but asked them to reduce the VAT and give up their income tax share on petroleum products to lower the prices of petroleum products.

The memorandum also criticised the UPA government for the non-revision of coal royalty and negligence of infrastrcture like the railways, ports and roads and urged the President to intervene.

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