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Rahul Gandhi Leads Protest Against Petrol Price Hike In Kolar, Karnataka

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| May 7 , 2018 , 14:58 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi spearheaded a protest against rising Petrol, diesel and LPG prices in Kolar district of Karnataka on Monday.

Flanked by party supporters and cadres, Rahul Gandhi marched from the Bus-stand circle to Balaji circle in Kolar. He addressed the crowd standing atop a bullet cart. Speaking at the occasion Gandhi blasted the NDA government for the skyrocketing prices of LPG, Petrol and Diesel. Several women party workers were present with dummy LPG cylinders.

After the address, Gandhi rode a bicycle to ride back.  

Earlier in the day, Gandhi took to Twitter announcing the protest claiming that the BJP Government has collected 10 lakh crore rupees as taxes from Petrol, LPG and Diesel since it came to power in 2014.

Also Read: Petrol And Diesel Prices At Record High Of Rs 74.40 And Rs 65.65 Per Litre In Delhi

He also shared a video of previous speeches of Prime Minister Modi and other senior leaders from the UPA days wherein they express anguish over hike in petrol and diesel prices. PM Modi can be heard saying that the increase in petrol prices was living proof of inefficiency of the central government in running the country.

The video also carries screenshots of tweets from PM Modi from 2012 when he was Gujarat CM. The video goes on to say that while the Central Government had increased Central tax on Petrol and diesel by Rs 8.78/litre and Rs 10.37/litre respectively, the Siddaramaiah Government in Karnataka had reduced the state tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 3.11/litre and Rs1.03/litre.

The prices of petrol and diesel have been soaring high since April 2018. On April 22, the prices reached a record high with Petrol being sold at Rs 74.40/litre and diesel at Rs 65.65/litre in Delhi.