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BJP condemns fuel price hike and will stage protest in Mysuru on Tuesday

A demonstration was held in Kannada Senapad in Mysuru district on Sunday against the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

A demonstration was held in Kannada Senapad in Mysore district on Sunday against the hike in petrol and diesel prices. | Photo credit: MA Sriram

The Bharatiya Janata Party in Mysore has accused the Siddaramaiah government of increasing fuel prices and said it would hold massive protests in the city on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, BJP city president Nagendra said the fuel price hike was proposed as the people of Karnataka rejected the Congress party in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. To express opposition and anger, the BJP will lay siege to the deputy commissioner’s office on Tuesday, he added.

Mr. Nagendra said the five guarantee schemes implemented by Congress drained the national exchequer, so the government was now trying to generate additional revenue by increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. He said that price increases will not only affect ordinary people, but will also cause the prices of other commodities to increase, further increasing the burden on the people.

On the one hand, the government distributes free gifts through the Five Guarantees Program. But on the other hand, it deceives the public by increasing the prices of petrol and diesel to make people pay, Mr. Nagendra added.

He said the implementation of the Five Guarantees Plan has hampered the country’s overall development as there are no funds or resources to carry out infrastructure and other projects critical for growth.

Mr Nagendra also lashed out at the government, saying there was a breakdown in law and order in the state. He claimed that the number of murders and extortion increased under the Congress regime in Karnataka, while the number of rape cases also increased. Nagendra added that under the Congress regime, there was little fear of the police, which emboldened anti-social elements to take the law into their own hands. BJP vice-president Rajendra was also present.

Meanwhile, members of the “Mysuru Zilla Kannada Sena Pade” held a demonstration at a petrol station in front of the Mysuru District Transport Office on Sunday, raising slogans against the government and condemning the price increase.

Activists said the state government had recently increased prices of essential commodities, including milk, and demanded that the hike in petrol and diesel prices be rolled back.

Activists called the state government’s move “anti-people” and said low- and middle-income groups would be severely affected.

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