Bhubaneswar: Today’s Odisha bandh, being observed by the Congress party, witnessed amazing ways and means of staging protest against the skyrocketing prices of petrol, diesel and LPG gas cylinder.
While a Congress activist of Nabarangpur district was seen mimicking PM Modi at Umerkote today, senior Congress MLA Suresh Chandra Routray and former Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Jaydev Jena were prominent among the senior party leaders who were seen cycling on the streets of Odisha’s capital city in a bid to register their protest against the constant rise in the prices of fossil fuel and cooking gas cylinder.
Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, former PCC chief Jaydev Jena said, “By cycling today we want to apprise the people of our State against the steep rise in the petrol, diesel and cooking gas. The general public has expressed their full support to our bandh call today.”
He added, “The women are protesting against the skyrocketing price hike in cooking gas. The farmers are supporting our protest as they are unable to afford the expensive diesel for their agricultural purposes. The students are supporting our protest as they are also unable to meet the expenses of costly petrol today. While the petrol price has touched Rs 93 per litre, diesel per litre costs now Rs 90.”
“Both the State and Central Governments are responsible for this price hike. The State Government should reduce VAT levied on fuel rates. When the fuel price at the international market has gone down, the Centre instead of increasing the fuel prices should lessen the costs. The general public should be given justice. Our protest will continue till the fuel prices are not reduced,” the former PCC president threatened.
He further claimed, “Today’s bandh has been a total success as it has been completely supported by one and all starting from the grassroots level of the State. By evening it would be proved that the protest has been successful in a peaceful manner.”
In his reactions, senior Congress MLA Suresh Chandra Routray told OMMCOM NEWS, “We went walking today to block train. Then we blocked the movements of all the vehicles on roads. The general public has fully supported today’s bandh call given by the Congress party.”
“Both the rates of diesel and petrol have touched now Rs 100 per litre. Rs 50 increased per cooking gas cylinder. PM Narendra Modi should immediately reduce the prices,” the senior Congress leader demanded.
Senior Mahila Congress leader Rashmi Mohapatra reacted, “Today we are protesting against the steep rise in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, unemployment problem and the problems being faced by the farmers due to the Farm Laws.”
“Today the people have shown their suo motu support to our bandh call. The emergency services have been exempted from the bandh. Until now, our bandh has been peaceful and incident-free,” she averred.