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Cong stages state-wide stir against fuel price rise


Congress workers protesting against hike in fuel prices at Malad in Mumbai on Sunday.

Mumbai : Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Sunday organised state-wide demonstrations to condemn the price-rise and expose the wrong policies of the Modi government.

The demonstrations received good support from the people. Thousands of people participated in marches organised at each district headquarter, MPCC spokesperson Sachin Sawant told FPJ.

People who participated in these marches pushed their two wheelers to condemn the fuel price hike.

The Congress spokesperson noted that there has been an unprecedented increase in the prices of essential commodities since Modi came to power. “People were promised good days. To ensure that the government did not face any hurdles, people gave a clear verdict beyond the expectations of the BJP. Is this the ‘achche din’ they were promised,” he asked.

Though early days for the new government, Congress has raised the pitch on price rise, believing it can spoil Modi regime’s honeymo-on. The party has its eyes on assembly polls to follow later this year and feels that creating a negative mood against the BJP is the only way to claw back in Maharashtra. Their hope hinges on the belief that public patience with inflation is short.

Shelar apologises

Sawant also condemned Mumbai BJP chief Ashish shelar’s statement where he had said that anybody can get a meal in Mumbai in just Rs 5. Sawant said, “This is an insult to the poor. Shelar should apologise. When Raj Babbar had made a similar statement he too had apologised.”
Shelar, meanwhile, had posted on twitter that ‘Rs. 5’ was a metaphor. “My point was that you can eat a meal for Rs 5,000 also at a 5 star or at a relatively cheaper place. Clarification apart, to bring closure, I am willing to apologise if what I said is used to hurt interests of the common man.”

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