AAP members stage protest against fuel price hike

Published - June 18, 2024 09:09 pm IST - Bengaluru

Members of AAP staging a protest against the petroleum price hike by the State government, at Freedom Park in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Members of AAP staging a protest against the petroleum price hike by the State government, at Freedom Park in Bengaluru on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: SUDHAKARA JAIN

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest at Freedom Park on Tuesday, condemning the State government’s recent fuel price hike. Party leaders drew attention by garlanding two-wheelers and holding a symbolic funeral for them, before switching to bicycles and chanting slogans against the government.

State organising secretary of the party Mohan Dasari, criticised the government’s financial policies, noting that since May 2023, excise taxes have been raised three times, property guideline rates by 25%, and various vehicle taxes have also increased. He argued that these measures are attempts by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar to gather the ₹52,000 crore required annually for the guarantee schemes. Mr. Dasari claimed these schemes were implemented without proper planning, leading to financial strain on the public.

Mr. Dasari highlighted the success of similar schemes in Delhi under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, attributing their success to effective resource mobilization and corruption-free governance. He accused the Congress government of hastily copying these schemes without addressing underlying corruption issues.

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