Delhi Cong to protest rise in fuel prices
Congress workers from all the 14 districts of Delhi are expected to reach the protest venue in large numbers. They will carry placards and banners.delhi Updated: Sep 19, 2017 23:41 IST
The Delhi Congress will protest against the fuel price rise in the Capital on Thursday. State unit chief Ajay Maken said party workers will launch a peaceful protest and form a human chain from Mandi House to Parliament House to create awareness about the ‘all-time high’ petrol and diesel prices.
Congress workers from all the 14 districts of Delhi are expected to reach the protest venue in large numbers. They will carry placards and banners.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Maken claimed the party had received tremendous support from the common man across the city during the three-day ‘signature collection’ campaign.
Party workers visited several petrol pumps to collect 10 lakh signatures against the price rise.
The party, earlier, planned to stage a protest on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar to demand the rollback of excise and VAT (value added taxes) charges on petrol and diesel. “Following a massive support, it was decided to form a human chain,” said a senior party leader.
“The excise duty and VAT on petrol and diesel have been increased many times in the past three-and-a-half years, resulting in an ‘all-time high’ in their prices in Delhi. The excise duty on petrol and diesel was increased by the Modi government 11 times while the Kejriwal government made amendments in the law to increase VAT on them twice,” Maken said.
Maken said it was ‘sad’ that countries like Sri Lanka that import fuel from India sell it at lower prices as they do not impose unnecessary taxes on these products.
The Delhi Congress chief said that petrol and diesel worth R 100 included R 51.78 and R 44.40 as taxes.