Panaji: Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar on Friday claimed that union government was selling petrol which cost them Rs 35.63 liter at Rs 93.80 while Diesel which is costing Rs 38.16 per liter selling at 91.50.
Speaking at protest against petroleum products price rise in the city, organised by St Cruz block Congress Committee, he alleged that insensitive Modi Government was cheating people in the name of “ Acche Din” even when people were suffering due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Modi Government is collecting money from poor people on petrol which is costing just Rs. 35.63 per liter. Modi Government is charging Freight, custom duty, Basic excise, special duty, Agricultural infrastructure Development cess (AIDC), Road & Infrastructure cess, State VAT & other charges, which are added to base price of Petrol Rs. 35.63 and Diesel 38.16 to sell it for Rs 93.80 and 91.50. This is open loot,” he said.
He claimed that since Modi Government came to Power in 2014, Central Government had collected Rs 22,69,122 crore while State Governments had collected Rs 13,11,200 crore from people of India in the name of Petrol and Diesel prices and demanded to sell Petrol and Diesel at cost price of Rs 36 and 38 respectively.
St Cruz leader Rudolf Fernandes, Block President Sushant Govekar, YC Block President Kliban Jude Fernandes, Prakash Salkar Mahadev Mada (Seva Dal Pres St Cruz) Arshiya Inamdar, Vitorin Fernandes and others joined the protest which was carried out in unique way using bullock Cart with person wearing Suite along with Girish Chodankar and as a part of Nationwide ‘symbolic’ protest of Indian National Congress.
Rudolf Fernandes, while speaking, said, ”We have never seen such a cruel Government which promised to strengthen our rupees. It has not only weaken it, but also weaken its people and demanded to immediately roll back petrol price.”
Block President of St Cruz Sushant Govekar criticized BJP Government being insensitive towards peoples suffering during Covid and immediately demanded roll back.