Petrol and gas prices were hiked 12 times in 2013 : CPI (M)
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) organised a novel protest against the hike in petrol and diesel prices, in the city on Saturday.
The CPI(M) activists took out a ‘vahana savayatra’, a funeral procession of a motorcycle, to indicate that the motor transport had died due to the frequent hike in fuel prices.
Addressing the gathering at protest venue, CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said that the Central government was hiking the petroleum prices mindlessly. Petrol and gas prices were hiked 12 times in 2013 by the UPA government.
The frequent hikes were a burden on the common man, and the transportation was on death bed.
A symbolic procession was taken out to tell that the funeral rites were alone left for the transport vehicles used by poor and middle class, he said.
Never in the history of India, were the LPG prices so steeply hiked.
The government was kow-towing to private oil companies like Reliance, he alleged. The price was being revised to see that the oil companies make profits, he said, adding, the people would teach a befitting lesson if the government did not roll back the hike and desist form such moves in future.
Party city secretariat members Muzzaffer Ahmed, Madala Venkateswara Rao, U V Rama Raju, city committee members B. Nageswara Rao, P. Sambi Reddy and others were present.