Shillong, June 29: The Indian National Congress on Monday is observing a nationwide Dharna against the rise in prices of Petrol, Diesel and Excise Duty. In accordance with the same, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee along with Shillong City Congress Committee and East Khasi Hills District Congress Committee observed a Dharna at Congress Bhawan.
The Dharna was led by Meghalaya PCC Working President James S Lyngdoh, MLA and Shillong City Congress President Charles Pyngrope, and East Khasi HillsDCC Kennedy C. Khyriem.
According to the party’s memorandum, when the BJP assumed power in May 2014, Excise Duty on Petrol was Rs 9.20 per litre and Diesel Rs 3.46 per litre.
“In the last six years, Union BJP Government has increased the Excise Duty on Petrol by an additional 23.78 per lire and on Diesel by an Additional Rs 28.37 per litre. This is a shocking 820% hike in Excise Duty on Diesel and 258% increase in Excise Duty on Petrol,” they stated.
Congress claimed that the Modi government has earned Rs 18,00,000 crore in the last six years through the same.
“Since the lockdown three months ago, the extent of extortion and profiteering by repeated increases in prices and Excise Duty on Petrol and Diesel has surpassed all forms of exploitation,” the party claimed.
Meghalaya PCC further added that on June 24th, crude oil price was $43.41 or Rs 3,288.71 per barrel containing 159 litres, and therefore, on that day the price per litre crude oil would be Rs 20.68 per litre. However, the price of petrol and diesel is touching Rs 80 per litre
MPCC Working President James S. Lyngdoh, in his address, stated “When people of India have already been suffering economically due to COVID-19 lockdown, the Central Government instead of giving help to them, is blowing Petrol and Diesel Price Blows on them.”
At the end of the programme a Memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Shillong for onward communication to the President of India.
He informed that all the Block Congress Committees (BCCs) would observe Dharnas from 30th June, 2020 to 4th July, 2020 in Meghalaya in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.