Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray denounced the latest price hike describing it as a ‘petrol bomb’ lobbed on the common people.
In a press release on Sunday, Thackeray called it a great betrayal by the Congress-led government. “The hike took place after the polling in the five states was over. This is like backstabbing the common man who is already reeling under crises,” said Thackeray. He said further bombs in the form of an increase in diesel and kerosene rates are in offing. He said the Congress government has made life miserable for the common man.
The central government hiked the petrol rates by Rs 5, which came into force from Sunday. The hike is the steepest in recent years.
Thackeray said such steps only indicated that the Congress rule is coming to an end. “I am sure the rage caused by the hike will burn the seats of power held by the Congress government,” he added.
The Opposition in the state has decided to take up this issue in a big way ahead of the local self-government polls.
On Sunday, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray convened a meeting of senior party members at Sena Bhavan to discuss the first joint agitation of the Opposition before the polls.
On June 9, Sena along with the BJP and its new ally, Republican Party of India, will march against the government. Instructions were given to ensure maximum crowds participate in the rally, which will walk towards Mantralaya.
This rally has been organised to showcase the strength of the saffron alliance, which has been lying low since its defeat in the 2009 parliamentary and assembly elections.
Its recent alliance with the RPI has given it a boost. The petrol hike will figure prominently in this joint rally.
Meanwhile, after the Sena chief’s statements, party workers staged a rail roko at Lonavala over the hike on Sunday.
They stopped the Mumbai-Pune inter-city train at Lonavala and shouted slogans against the rise. Demonstrations were also staged in Pune and Sangli districts.