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Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah Lead Karnataka Congress Protest Against Fuel Price Hike



Protests have been held at 800 petrol pumps throughout Karnataka. File


Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D Okay Shivakumar, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and different distinguished leaders have been arrested on Friday in Bengaluru whereas they have been protesting towards the steep hike in gas costs.

Protests have been held throughout the state at 800 petrol pumps.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Mr Shivakumar mentioned that gas costs had been hiked 48 occasions this 12 months and referred to as it “daylight robbery”.

“The BJP raised petrol prices 48 times in 2021. How many salary hikes did the middle class get? By how much was the minimum wage raised? By how much were NREGA wages increased? How many times were farmers” MSPs increased? This is daylight robbery by the BJP,” he mentioned.

He additional mentioned that each citizen is affected by this burden and mentioned that the BJP authorities was pick-pocketing everybody within the title of tax on petrol. The BJP authorities has collected greater than Rs 20.60 lakh crore from taxes on petrol within the final seven years, he added.

“The charge at which the BJP is growing gas taxes to fund the constructing of Modi”s new palace, we would quickly see petrol at Rs 120 in 2022, at Rs 160 in 2023 and at Rs 200 in 2024.

“Speak out earlier than it is too late,” Mr Shivakumar mentioned in a tweet interesting to the individuals to protest towards the steep gas value hike.

Mr Siddaramaiah mentioned that the centre was ”rubbing salt on the accidents” of widespread man amid the ”financial meltdown” brought on by the continued Covid pandemic.

“Is this authorities not ashamed of sucking the blood of individuals? This authorities is appearing like a leech. They have made individuals’s lives hell. Narendra Modi is repeatedly mendacity and deceiving individuals by giving false info,” he mentioned.

Today is the primary of Congress’s five-day protests beneath the ”Not Out 100” marketing campaign towards the rising gas costs.

Protests have been held in all of the District Headquarters on Friday. The get together will maintain protests in any respect the Taluk Headquarters and Hobli Headquarters on Sunday, in all Gram Panchayats on Monday, and on all different main areas of Karnataka on Tuesday.

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