Report by Nishapati Nayak, Koraput: Normal life was affected across Odisha on Monday as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) observed a five-hour strike to protest the hike in petrol and diesel prices. The strike was in effect from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.
Bus and other vehicles remained off the road at several places while railway services were also affected as BJD activists staged protests at several railway stations.
Commercial establishments also remained closed as the ruling party protested the rising prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas across block and district headquarters on Monday.
School children and office-goers bore the brunt of the strike as protesters blocked roads in koraput and other parts of the blocks .
The state government issued an advisory to close all schools and colleges in view of the strike. The schools conducting examinations have been asked to conduct the same on some other day.
Holding BJD placards, the party workers also burnt tyres in most traffic intersections in the capital, bringing road transport to a grinding halt.
“The BJD has taken to streets today against the fuel price hike imposed on consumers by the Petroleum Ministry at a time when the price of crude oil has decreased in the international market,” said mr.ashok pangi ,chairman,KRIT, (Koraput regional improvement trust).
“The consumers are suffering while private oil companies in the country are earning crores,” he added.
BJD’s youth general secretary Mr.junesh khora said fuel prices in India are among the highest in the South Asian region, despite the neighbouring countries depending on the same sources for crude oil.
Implementation of bullet train is waste if common man today gets difficulty in riding two wheelers and four wheelers due to hike in petrol and diesel price.single one one paise is important for poor and tribal people like us in koraput ,we hate petroleum Minister and BJP leaders stating” ache din aagaye” and playing with innocent poor people of koraput.