Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today gave a deadline to the Centre to reduce cooking gas price by 30th of this month failing which it will intensify its stir.
The BJD has thanked the people for their massive support during the party’s state-wide agitation on last 22nd, 23rd and 24th against the high price of cooking gas.
Addressing a press conference here today three MLAs from the BJD Byomkesh Ray, Pranab Balabantaray and Debi Ranjan Tripathy claimed that in a country in the world has there been such a steep and rapid rise in the price of cooking.
The leaders alleged that the Central government by going for an unprecedented steep rise in the price of cooking gas has given a body blow to the poor and the middle class. The people have taken to the streets under the call given by the BJD but still, the Central government is yet to rise from its slumber, they said.
The party questioned the Central government’s justification behind a 123% increase in the price of cooking gas when the price of natural gas and crude has respectively dipped by 15 and 10 per cent.
The leaders pointed out to the futility of the Ujjawala scheme as most of the beneficiaries who had been given free LPG connection have again gone back to using mud stoves due to high cooking gas prices.