Mangaluru: Congress leaders hit streets over rising prices of fuel, essential commodities

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Mar 2: Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee staged a protest, protesting against the increase in the price of fuel and other essential commodities, in front of the deputy commissioner's office here on Tuesday March 2.

The protestors carried out a rally from the clock tower to the DC’s office along with a bullock cart. A few Congress workers carried firewood and LPG gas cylinders.

Addressing the protestors, former minister B Ramanath Rai said, "If a ruler becomes a businessman, then his subjects will become beggars. Narendra Modi-led union government in the centre is an undeclared autocratic government in the country."

“When the UPA government led by Congress was in power, the excise duty for petrol was Rs 9 and Rs 3 for diesel. But, the BJP government in the centre has made excise duty Rs 33 for petrol and Rs 32 for diesel.

"It is the Congress which introduced pro-people policies and Land Reform Acts and reservation for the weaker sections of the society. The BJP leaders have no concern for the poor. Instead, it protects the interests of corporates. They will never protect the interests of the poor. They will speak about the poor only to gain votes.

“The BJP government came to power assuring the people of bringing back black money but though it is seven years after coming to power, it has failed to bring the same,” he said.

He also urged the public to elect Congress to power, which will reduce the price of fuel and other commodities. “You can fool all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time," Rai said.

Former minister and MLA U T Khader said, "People should come forward against anti-people policies of the BJP-led governments. The BJP government is here to sell India and increase the burden of tax on public. The Congress government had nationalised the banks, but the BJP government is making all efforts to privatise the same.”

Taking a dig at the BJP government the state, Khader said, “The BJP government in the state is acting as the agent of the central government.

"The fishermen are in distress as the government failed to release the subsidy amount which they rightfully deserve.

"If the government provides reservation for people belonging to upper class, it is betraying the other backward classes in the district. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel had staged protests when the UPA was in power over price hikes. Why he is silent now on the rising prices of fuel?” Khader questioned.

District Congress president Harish Kumar said, "The union government’s policies are putting common peole into trouble. Narendra Modi's government is favouring only the corporates like Ambani and Adani."

He also said that the Prime Minister is not ready to address the media, instead, keeps speaking in ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme.

KPCC spokesperson Sudhir Kumar Murolli also spoke at the protest.

Former MLAs J R Lobo, Mohiuddin Bava, Shakunthala Shetty and others were present.







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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Mar 04 2021

    All commodity stocks (including oil) sold on Wall Street (New York) are getting valuable and have rendered oil expensive. However, if Govt wants to control inflation, they better let go of their greed and allow downward revision of tax. Oil and alcohol is most taxed commodity in India. Now can we speak how DK managed to put together 2000 Cr (and still counting) for Ayodhya temple construction when they feel the pinch from rising petrol prices? Does it not show that if approached properly, there is money in the society that can be used for the proper utilization even at the expense of buying expensive petrol or subsidizing agriculture produce by support other than that provided by the Government?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    India certainly requires a strong, viable, constructive opposition party... The INC being the oldest political party, has a huge responsibility to bounce back from the periphery of self destruction !!! They must Re- Modify, Re - energize and finally Re- launch, itself to challenge the Nationalist BJP... They should boot out all remenats of Dynastic Raj, infuse talented, young blood and then relaunch the age old party.....

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Excise tax is shared proportionally by the Center and the state...They should both cut their tax by atleast Rs 10 /- per litre.. This will drastically reduce the burden on the common citizen and help in bringing down inflation in our nation....

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Why they have to reduce only Rs10...???? Why cant it be proportionate like before...????

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Rs. 65/- was costly in 2013 . Today at Rs. 100/- it is cheap because of acche din .

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Dearness it hard comman man. Each and every victim should come out to street except andhbhakt.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Concerned citizen, Mangalore....Many of the Bhaktas are also feeling the pain in their palms, which they clapped in 2014 and 2019. Better late than never.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    I hope that Price will come down from tomorrow onward correct??? It's like.....when diesel or petrol price falls..... no passenger tickets cost was reduced.... but when it increases.....they waste no time to increase the fare!!!

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Toor dal was Rs 200 per KG in 2013 now it's just Rs 70 per KG Housing loan interest rate was 12% now it's 6.8 % Even fuel also marginal increase from2013 Why cry it's because of taxes both state and central I don't think anyone except Congress supporters will be worried

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Yes Doctor, people see only negatives like fuel prices, negative GDP, pathetic global hunger ranking etc.... On the positive side, along with your dear Tur dal we have Mukesh Bhai with his 83 billions at #8 position in the world, we have the biggest cricket stadium in the world, rightly named after his highness...just to name a few.

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  • dk shetty, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Sometime being educated needs bit of sensibility beyond party affiliations. I was once BJP this is during Vajpayee era, that's is over these one must not become member of ant party nor one must register with BJP or Congress or any party. We public must remain neutral and vote only based on performance, nothing else. Throw away these politicians/parties if they bring dharma/Religion/Ram temple/ or any place of worship...…..all this nautanki is only to make common man both educated and uneducated ullu. Present govt in centre came to power brainwashing majority of Hindus and we all voted for them thinking they protect our dharma. Are they doing it? Can they protect hindusim by bringing in Hindutva??? Only stupidity and nothing else, so now wake up and measure them on what they delivered- Petrol/diesil prices have sky rocketed, other essential commodities cannot be bought by common man. Country is sold to adanis/Ambanis……..and our formers who is our annadata is on road and yet we have these idiots justifying central govt.....this is the height of stupidity.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Dr.S.Kamath, you intend to tell us that toor dal and interest on housing loan has come down because of Government Subsidy...????? And also price of fuel hike is going to offset the subsidy...?????

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Dr. wishes to you. Increment in day to day food items or say fuel may be will not affect who are working as professionals..say for ex. Doctors like you. There's no scarcity of patients. Sickness is 24 × 7...and all 365 days. When a person unable to travel by bus, how about purchasing groceries and buying cylinder at this rate? Every house has been provided cylinders by government. Now, who will pay for the cylinder? Now, we cant go back to woodden option to cook...If go to hospital, doctors fee, medicinal charges are not wise every thing...milk, electric bill, water bill, property tax etc etc...limitless. One of our friends here in this forum said, with the increase of diesel, bus fares, auto fares will be shoot up immediately but, they wont decrease the fares, with the decrease of the fuel prices...

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  • alan, Mangalore/U.S.A

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Kamath, tell me what is your real level of education

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  • Khabib, Karkala

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Andh bakht is big set back for nation.

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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Baava is there. But where is Akka ?

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Akka gone in search of Robinhood.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Robin, Byndoor......unfortunately Baava is not the Akka's husband

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  • Prakrithi, Mangalur

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Whovever can, people join d protest. Protesters belonging to any party whether cong/jd/sdpi etc never mind. They r protesting nt jus for deir fmly sake. For all. Make it a big event. Unity is strength.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Even people who voted for the BJP can join these protests it is because of the rise in prices and to save our families and self from the rising prices. The rise in prices will ruin the peace in the nation, this will be a litmus test for the BJP in the upcoming elections.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi, type of show. Has any protest by this party in DK come to a logical result bearing conclusion.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    prices of all commodities have been skyrocketed. central govt chi, chi.... thu thu..

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