BJP flays UPA for increasing fuel prices

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 12:40 hrs

Activists of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Friday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here against the government's decision to raise the petrol prices by Rs 3.14 per litre.

"The increasing cost of petrol will put more burden on the poor people of the country as this will increase the inflation," said Vijay Kumar Malhotra, leader of the opposition party.

Nearly 200 BJP protestors gathered here raised slogans against the government. They blamed the government for being inefficient in able to control prices of daily needs like milk, water, electricity and now fuel.

Malhotra said: "If the government cannot understand the problems of the people, then it should resign. The increasing price of petrol is not good for the economy as it will affect every thing."

Vijender Gupta, the state BJP president said: "We urge the government to roll back the increased prices of petrol and also reconsider its decision to increase the price of a gas cylinder to Rs 800 as this will be a huge burden on the poor people of the country."

He also blamed the government for the increasing corruption in the country.

The protestors threatened to intensify its agitations if the prices are not rolled back.

The petrol price was increased to about Rs 66.5 per litre in the national capital from September 15 midnight that comes after a record 5-rupee hike in May..

The idea behind this move was to ease the subsidy burden of the oil producing companies that were set free from June 2010 to set their own prices for petrol. By: Devesh Gupta (ANI)

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