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Panaji: Congress party in Goa on Monday protested against the hike in fuel prices at the backdrop of current health and economic pandemic.

In two separate demonstrations held in North and South District respectively, the Congress party petitioned President of India seeking his intervention in rolling back the hike in the prices. The congress has called it as “extortion” by Modi-led government by way of unprecedented hike in the prices of Petrol and Diesel.

While protest in North Goa was headed by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar along with Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress chief Pratima Coutinho, the demonstrations in South Goa were headed by Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat.

“The repeated and unjust increase in the prices as also the Central Excise Duty on Petrol and Diesel over the last three months of the Lockdown has inflicted insurmountable pain and suffering on the people of India,” reads the petition submitted by Congress to District Administration.

“As the country faces unprecedented health and economic pandemic, Modi Government is profiteering from the misery of the people by repeated increases in prices as also Excise Duty on Petrol and Diesel,” the party has said.

Congress party has said that in May, 2014 (when BJP assumed power), Excise Duty on Petrol was Rs.9.20 per litre and on Diesel was Rs.3.46 per litre.

“In the last six years, Union BJP Government has increased the Excise Duty on Petrol by an Additional Rs 23.78  per litre and on Diesel by an Additional Rs.28.37 per litre. This is a shocking 820 per cent hike in Excise Duty on Diesel and 258 per cent increase in Excise Duty on Petrol,” the opposition party has said.

Congress has claimed that Modi Government has earned Rs 18,00,000 crore in last six years by increase in Excise Duty on Petrol and Diesel alone.

“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 has said.

“In last three and half  months alone, BJP Government has increased the Price and Excise Duty on Diesel by Rs.26.48 per litre and on Petrol by Rs.21.50 per litre,” Congress said.

Congress has urged the President of India to direct the immediate roll back of Petrol-Diesel prices and Excise Duty increased post March 5,  2020 and pass on this benefit to the people of India in these difficult times.

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