Using bullock carts, horse carts and bicycles, Congress leaders and staff took to the streets on Monday in country-wide protests towards the gasoline value hike and accused the Centre of including to the monetary hardships of the individuals reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
Scores of mask-wearing protesters had been detained by police for violating coronavirus lockdown restrictions associated to meeting of individuals. In Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the ministers too joined the demonstrations.
Taking part within the Congress’ ‘Converse Up Towards Gas Hike’ marketing campaign throughout the nation, celebration president Sonia Gandhi accused the BJP-led central authorities of setting “a brand new instance of extortion”, and sought a right away rollback.
Get together leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra additionally took half within the marketing campaign on social media, and urged the individuals to affix them in urgent the federal government to scale back gasoline costs.
Diesel value has been hiked 22 occasions and petrol value has been raised 21 occasions since June 7 with a cumulative improve of Rs 11.14 and Rs 9.17 respectively.
“I, together with all Congressmen and others collectively, demand from the Modi authorities to right away roll again the rise in costs of petrol and diesel raised throughout this disaster as a result of corona pandemic,” Sonia Gandhi mentioned in a video message.
The agitating Congress leaders and staff in Punjab rode horse carts with scooters loaded on them. State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar together with MLA Angad Saini, Punjab Youth Congress chief Barinder Dhillon and different native leaders pulled a tractor with ropes.
“Farmers can’t afford to run tractors now with such a steep hike in diesel charges,” Jakhar mentioned.
AICC normal secretary Harish Rawat rode a bullock cart in Dehradun throughout the protest and carried out puja at a Shiva temple praying for “good sense” to prevail on the central authorities.
Main a dharna on the Congress workplace, its Uttarakhand chief Pritam Singh mentioned his celebration “is not going to tolerate this loot of individuals’s cash by the Modi authorities”.
Rajasthan Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot led the protest in Jaipur. He mentioned that petrol and diesel costs straight have an effect on the frequent individuals. The Centre didn’t kind any coverage to take care of the financial slowdown and handed the burden on the frequent individuals, he mentioned.
“No authorities can ignore individuals’s voice. Petrol-diesel value hike should be reversed,” Pilot mentioned earlier than submitting a memorandum to the President by means of the district collector.
A number of Congress ministers in Maharashtra, together with Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan and Nitin Raut, staged a protest on the celebration workplace in Mumbai.
Thorat, who’s the Maharashtra Congress president and the state income minister, later led a protest in Pune the place celebration staff, holding placards with messages demanding roll again of the hike, gathered at Alka Chowk to stage an illustration.
Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan led a protest in Sangli together with state minister Vishwajit Kadam. Apart from, state minister Satej Patil staged a protest towards the gasoline value hike in Kolhapur.
Congress leaders, led by Karnataka state president DK Shivakumar and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, took out a bicycle rally as much as the Congress workplace in Bengaluru, although social distancing and all the opposite norms to include coronavirus apparently went for a toss throughout the protest.
The rally converged on the celebration workplace the place a sit-in demonstration was held. “When Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, gasoline costs by no means went up past Rs 75. At present, not simply gasoline but additionally there’s a steep rise in costs of all of the commodities. It’s turning into laborious for the frequent man to outlive within the current occasions,” Siddaramaiah instructed the gathering.
Within the nationwide capital, the members of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and its president Srinivas BV rode a bullock cart from the outfit’s headquarters at Raisina Street to Shastri Bhawan, the place police stopped them.
Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar and celebration staff had been detained as they tried to go to Raj Niwas, which is Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s official residence, to lodge their protest towards the rising costs of petrol and diesel.
Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda and practically 50 different celebration staff had been detained in Ahmedabad whereas they had been attempting to take out a rally towards the gasoline value hike.
They weren’t given permission for such a gathering, a senior police official mentioned. The opposition celebration additionally organised related protests in Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat districts of Gujarat.
Congress staff in different components of the state had been additionally detained for holding protests over the difficulty, officers mentioned.
“Not as soon as however 22 occasions they raised the costs of petrol and diesel. This resolution has dealt the largest blow to the susceptible and the poor,” Rahul Gandhi mentioned throughout the Congress’ “Converse Up Towards Gas Hike” marketing campaign.
Numerous celebration leaders put out their messages throughout the marketing campaign to press upon the federal government to scale back gasoline costs.
“The federal government ought to cease profiteering from petrol and diesel and will instantly scale back costs and excise obligation on them,” Gandhi mentioned in his video message on social media.
BJP chief and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hit again on the Congress, saying the central authorities is utilizing the tax income earned from the petrol and diesel sale to fund welfare programmes for the poor and never for any “son-in-law or Rajiv Gandhi Basis”.
Protests had been held by the Congress throughout Haryana, together with Karnal, Rohtak, Yamunanagar, Faridabad and Sirsa. Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja led the protest in Karnal, which is Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s residence constituency.
“By such steps, the federal government is indulging in profiteering and never serving to anybody to develop into Atma Nirbhar (self-reliant),” Selja mentioned.
Hitting out on the Centre, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda mentioned each part, together with the farmers have been hit laborious by the hike in gasoline costs.
Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar and state celebration unit ladies’s wing head Pratima Coutinho staged a protest in North Goa district, whereas Chief of Opposition within the state Meeting Digambar Kamat led the demonstration in South Goa district.
Get together staff, led by Odisha Congress President Niranjan Patnaik, held a silent sit-in close to Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar and despatched a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind in search of his intervention for a fast rollback of the hike in gasoline value within the curiosity of the people who find themselves hit laborious by the pandemic.
Get together staff in Jammu rode two horse carts and raised slogans towards the central authorities.