Mumbai: Angered by the hike in petrol and diesel prices for 16 consecutive days, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has decided to give relief to Mumbaikars by offering petrol for Rs 4 less than the market price on the birthday of party president Raj Thackeray (June 14). On the other hand, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held a protest march by using bullock carts to symbolise how unaffordable petrol was.
“As a token, we will make petrol available at Rs 4 less than the market rate on June 14 for Mumbaikars,” said MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande. He added, “This facility will be available at select 36 petrol pumps across the city and the list of pumps will be announced on June 8. Any two-wheeler can fill up as desired at these pumps. Partymen will be there to maintain records and at the end of the day, MNS will pay petrol pump owners the difference in amount. Petrol pump owners will support us, they will not suffer losses from our initiative.” “If we can do it, why not the state government,” he asked.
NCP vice president Nawab Malik led a morcha at Chembur-Anushakti Nagar and distributed sugar to vehicle owners at Gowandi petrol pump. NCP workers shouted slogans against the state. Malik said, “The state collects Rs 40 from as various taxes from the petrol buyer, The centre collects Rs 18 as excise duty, the state further collects drought cess and one per cent tax against liquor ban in villages. “This is looting the common man.”
Condemning the reduction of fuel prices by just one paisa per litre after 16 days of relentless price hike, the Congress said it would launch a social media campaign on June 2 to express its anguish. “As part of the online campaign, titled ‘Tweet Morcha’, the opposition would mobilise people to tweet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the issue and suggest ways to reduce the fuel prices,” Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said.