Odisha BJD to stage protest in front of Raj Bhawan on October 1 over skyrocketing of petrol, diesel prices

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Bhubaneswar: BJD to stage protest in front of Raj Bhawan on October 1 over skyrocketing of petrol and diesel prices, informs party General Secretary Sanjay Kumar Dasburma .

“While the price of petrol has crossed Rs 80 per litre, the Union Government has sit silent and passed the blame on the State Governments. The country had never ever seen such an inert and inefficient Government before,” said BJD State general secretary Sanjay Kumar Dasburma and others at a Press meet here.

While the Central excise duty on a litre of petrol was Rs 9.20 in 2014, it has now increased to Rs 19.48, registering an increase of 111 per cent. Similarly, the excise duty on diesel has increased by 350 per cent from Rs 3,46 in July 2014 to Rs 15.33 now in 2018.

The Central revenue on fuel has increased by 285 per cent from Rs 88,600 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 2,53,254 crore in 2018 while there has been a sharp decline in crude oil prices from USD 105 per barrel in 2014 to USD 72 per barrel in 2018.

In Bhubaneswar, the price of petrol per litre has increased by Rs 20 from Rs 62.41 on July 1, 2017 to Rs 82.03 on September 28, 2018. Similarly, the diesel price has increased by Rs 22 from Rs 57.51 on July 1. 2017 to Rs 79.87 on September 28, 2018.

They too alleged that a massive irregularity in distribution of LPG cylinders has come to the fore in the State. While 30 lakh beneficiaries received cylinders under the Ujjwala scheme, only 6 lakh beneficiaries have refilled their cylinder last year. Now, refilling cost has increased to Rs 874.

A massive demonstration would be staged in front of the Raj Bhavan at 10 am on October 1 by members of the youth, student and woman wing of the party. A memorandum would also be sent to the President through the Governor, they said.

Among others, Arun Kumar Sahu, BYJD president Amaresh Patri, BCJD president Ranapratap Patra and spokesperson Sasmit Patra were present.

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