NDA to protest petrol price hike on June 12
New Delhi, June 7 (UNI) The opposition National Democratic Alliance today decided to organise a common protest at Jantar Mantar here on June 12 to protest against the seventh hike in prices of petroleum products in two-years of UPA regime.
After a meeting of the NDA at Leader of Opposition L K Advani's residence, BJP spokespersons Sushma Swaraj and Vijay Kumar Malhotra told newspersons the alliance would wind up the protests by agitating on June 19 at District Headquarters to expose the UPA which came to power promising to 'work for the common man' but has made their lives miserable by hiking prices in seven phases making petrol costly by Rs 18 a litre and diesel by Rs 12 over and above the costs prevailing in the NDA regime.
All these anti-people policies have had a cascading effect on the prices of food grains, vegetables and other essential commodities and transport. In each increase, the government is richer because it gets higher revenues by way of more customs, sales tax and educational cess. ''It is ironical that the government prospers when common man is suffering,'' they said.
The NDA strongly condemns the anti-people increase of the price of petrol and diesel and warns the UPA it will not tolerate such actions and will adopt non-violent methods for a rollback.
The stagnating domestic oil production be increased to make the country self sufficient. The government should cut down on wasteful expenses and reduce duties to absorb the import costs without affecting the economy, the NDA demanded.
Those who attended the meeting included Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, former Union Minister Digvijay Singh and Mr Prabhunath Singh of the J D(U), Mr Sharad Joshi and representatives from allied parties like Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, Biju Janata Dal and Trinamool Congress.
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