Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday said it would stage protests against the ever-rising fuel prices across the State from September 7 to 9. This was informed by the BJD general secretary Sanjay Dasburma .
Activists of Biju Mahila Janata Dal, Biju Yuva Janata Dal and Biju Chhatra Janata Dal would hold protests at various places in the State during the three days in a phased manner from 10 am to 12 noon.
Besides, programmes would be organised by the party at major petrol pumps to sensitise the fuel consumers regarding the almost-daily price hike.
Dasburma said that due to the oil Ministry’s faulty policies, the common people are facing the brunt of the price hike. Even though the fuel prices have been skyrocketing for the last several months, the Central Government has remained a silent spectator, he alleged.
Instead of trying to curb the spiraling fuel prices, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is sitting with his hands tied and only blaming the United States of America (USA) on the issue. On the other hand, due to due to the continuous rise in the fuel rates, the prices of essential commodities have also been skyrocketing in the State. From the housewife to the daily-wager, everyone has been badly affected by this, Dasburma said. He further said that the Value Added Tax (VAT) on fuel is Odisha is less compared to the BJP-ruled States like Rajasthan, Assam and Maharashtra.