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BJP organises traffic blockade to protest petrol price hike

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, June 7 (UNI) For the second consecutive day today, the capital witnessed several protests against the steep hike in prices of petrol, diesel and CNG announced by the Centre on June 5.

As part of its protests against the hike in the price of petrol, diesel and CNG, the Delhi BJP today blocked traffic at many major intersections in the city like the Moti Nagar Chowk, Lal Sai Mandir Marg Road, Lajpat Nagar, Maujpur Chowk, GT Road, Vikas Marg and Badarpur red light crossing.

The protests by the BJP led to traffic snarls in several areas across the capital.

The main 'Chakka Jam' programme was held at the Moti Nagar Chowk, with BJP national president Rajnath Singh and Delhi Pradesh incharge Vijay Kumar Malhitra addressing the demonstarators. Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harshvardhan also participated in the blockade.

Addressing party workers, Mr Singh, sharply criticising the UPA governemnt for the steep hike in prices of petroleum products, demanded that either the Congress-led UPA government bring the price rise under control or resign.

Stating that the hike in prices of petrol and diesel would have a cascading effect on all other items and hit the lay man hard, Mr Singh said,''the move will not only result in truck and lorry rentals been jacked up but also increase the prices of all goods with their transporation costs going up.'' Addressing the protestors, Mr Malhotra said,''in the last two years, prices of petrol and diesel have increased six times which has put a considerable burden on the common man.'' Describing the latest hike as 'unjustified', he said,''we will continue our protests against the Government's decision till the hike is rolled back.'' MORE UNI AR PA KN1520

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