Congress stages protest across the country against fuel price hike

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Ignoring their concerns over Covid-19 outbreak, Congress leaders and workers took to the streets across the country on Monday (June 29) to register their protest against the continuing hike in petrol and diesel prices in the country.  

In the national capital of New Delhi, Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar and party workers were detained by the police at a petrol pump near Parmanand hospital, according to a PTI report.

Kumar said police detained him and party workers as they tried to go to Raj Niwas, which is Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's official residence, to lodge their protest against the rising prices of petrol and diesel.

Protesting against the fuel price hike, the Delhi Congress chief, said, "People are already suffering from coronavirus and consequences of lockdown. At such a time, the rise in prices of petrol and diesel by the Modi government and Kejriwal government in Delhi is adding to their woes."

The party workers staged protests before the central government offices in most states. In Kerala, the protest at Thiruvannathapuram was led by opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister Oommen Chandy.

In Karnataka, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with Congress leaders rode a bicycle from his residence to Minsk Square while KPCC President DK Shivakumar carried a bike on the shoulders along with party workers, reported ANI.

"We are carrying out our duty today. At the time of the UPA government's rule, when there was any hike in fuel prices, several BJP leaders had made bold statements. It is ironic that today, at the time of this COVID-19 pandemic, the party leaders are keeping mum when the government is hiking the prices despite fall in the price of crude oil," said Shivakumar.

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