Congress Takes Out Rally in Patna against Rising Fuel Cost

Congress protest in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Congress leaders, activists, and workers in Patna on Monday took out a rally to protest against the rising cost of petrol and diesel that are now selling for Rs. 83.25 and Rs. 77.28 per liter respectively.

The rally led by Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Madan Mohan Jha began at Sadaqat Ashram near Kurji and ended up at the busy Dak Bungalow crossing where they demanded relief from the rising fuel prices and tax relief to counter the impact of the price hike on petrol and diesel.

Protestors, defying social-distancing rules put in place by the government to keep COVID-19 at bay, joined the protest rally on bicycles, rickshaws, tempos, and even bullock-carts and horse-buggies chanting both anti-center and anti-state government slogans while blaming the Narendra Modi administration of destroying the soul of what they called was once a great nation.

Calling the Modi government anti-poor, Jha said that today the cost of petrol and diesel have become the same that had not happened any time in the past.

"These same people used to organize dharnas and rallies to protest rising prices of petroleum products under the erstwhile UPA administration but today they have lost their voice and instead, justifying the hike on one excuse or another including turmoil at the Indo-China border and Coronavirus," the Congress state president said.

Earlier, a similar rally was taken out in Patna by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Pappu Yadav's Jan Adhikar Party (JAP).

Meanwhile, neither Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (JD-U) nor his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi (BJP) have made any public statement over the rising cost of fuel in Bihar and elsewhere.

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