Mangaluru: At a time when people across the country are devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the constant hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel with the petrol prices reaching near to the Rs 100 a litre mark in Karnataka. In order to raise their voices against such a hike in petrol price, Mangaluru City Block Congress president Prakash Salian led protests in front of Mangaluru Ladyhill petrol bunk in the city on Saturday June 12.
Former MLA JR Lobo said, “This hike in petrol price has hurt the common man very badly. If the price of Rs 100 remains on 1 litre of petrol, a hard-working common man will have to shell out nearly Rs 25,000 a year to fill his car fuel tank. It is very unfortunate that when people are facing hardships and many in distress due to the pandemic, raising the price of petrol is not right. PM Modi is directly responsible for this," he said.
Former MLC Ivan D’Souza said, “Is this the gift of Rs 100 per litre of petrol given to the voters who brought the ruling party into power? Apart from that the government has turned a blind eye and is not even paying heed to the citizens’ grievances. Why are the BJP leaders remaining silent now? Congress demands the government to lower the price on petrol, if not the protest will continue for the next five days”.
Former MCC Mayors Bhasker K and Sashidhar Hegde, Corporator Navin D'souza, Keshav Muroli and others took part in the protest.
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