IMPHAL: CPI, Manipur State Council on Saturday held a protest at Iravat Bhawan against the hike of petrol and diesel prices across the country.
In a press release issued by Assistant Secretary L Joykumar Luwang it was stated that the party state secretary L. Sotinkumar led the protest. Sotinkumar said that while people are facing troubles with Covid-19 pandemic Modi government has been increasing the price of petrol. Petrol and diesel rates have been hiked for two consecutive weeks since June 6. Petrol cost was hiked by Rs 7.15 and diesel by Rs 7.21 per litre respectively.
During the protest Sotinkumar further stated that petrol rate is currently at Rs 81.36 and that of diesel is 75.36 paise in the open market. The common man is facing a problem due to incessant increase in prices of oil. Auto drivers, lorry drivers, lorry owners, tractor owners are facing troubles, and bus fares may also be hiked. But the government is getting income, inferring that it cares less. The government has imposed a burden of Rs 1 lakh crores on the general public, he added.
CPI MSC in the press release also stated that, whereas crude oil rates are reduced in the international market, the Indian public is burdened with petrol prices hike.
“We demand the reduction of the hiked prices. Modi government has seized the opportunity that the public is confined to their houses due to coronavirus outbreak and increased prices of petro products. CPI will continue to fight until the petrol prices are brought down,” the press release added.