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Congress protests against petrol price rise, agri laws

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 15: The Odisha unit of the Congress party Friday staged a protest against the rise in fuel prices and demanding the re-peal of the three “anti-farmer” agri laws. The party leaders met Governor Ganeshi Lal and submitted a mem-orandum on these two issues.

 Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik told the media later that the Union government has burdened the people of the coun-try by raising the price of fuel at regular intervals. The OPCC president told the media that the Centre has burdened the people by raising the price of fuels at regular intervals

“The price of crude oil has dropped from $110 per barrel to $50 per barrel. Despite this, the Modi government has collected an additional Rs 19 lakh crore through mak Congress activists scuffle with police during their agitation near the Governors House, Friday 

excise duty from petrol and diesel alone. All this has an adverse im-pact on the farmers as also the common people,” the Congress memorandum to the Governor said.

 The memorandum sought the intervention of the Governor in rolling back the fuel prices as well as repealing the three controversial farm laws. The party said that the Union government, due to its adamant nature, has added to the woes of the farmers. 

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“The Modi government appears to have adopted a policy of tiring out the protesting farmers with-out accepting any of their demands, including immediate repeal of the three black laws. Nine rounds of dis cussions with governments have yielded little in terms of alleviat-ing the farmers’ plights,” the mem-orandum said. The party criticised the Union government for raising the prices of petrol and diesel at a time when the farmers are protesting. 

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