Maharashtra BJP president Sudhir Mungattiwar today alleged that the hike in prices of petrol and diesel was aimed to bail out Reliance group whose fuel pumps were closed for last four years.
Leading the party workers protests here against the hike of petroleum products, Mungattiwar demanded that Centre and state government should reduce the Import Duty and sales tax respectively.
A good number of party workers holding placards, banners and party flags demonstrated at Variety Square in busy commercial area of Sitabuldi. They also burnt an effigy of "Mahngai" (inflation).
Later speaking to reporters, Mungattiwar said State BJP today held demonstrations at 100 places across the state. Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha, Gopinath Munde led the protests in Mumbai.
He said similarly demonstrations will be carried out at 500 places tomorrow. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, all four BJP MLAs Davendra Phadanvis, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Krishna Khopde, city unit chief Anil Sole, Girish Vyas, former Mayor Kalpana Pande and Babasaheb Kangale were prominent among those participated.
On the rift between BJP and Shiv Sena in Aurangabad and question over continuation of alliance there, Mungattiwar said senior party leaders are meeting to discuss the issue.