Raipur: Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi Bilaspur MLA Shailesh Pandey said that corona pandemic is an opportunity for him to make money. The prices even continue to rice when the people are suffering from corona crisis. People are dying of hunger. The central government is continuously increasing the duty on petrol and diesel, petrol has reached Rs 100, he said.
He added that “as Modi ji says there is opportunity in disaster, corona virus is an opportunity in disaster for him, petrol and diesel are being made expensive to earn money, corruption is everywhere. When Modi government formed in India in 2014 the price of petrol was around Rs 72 per liter and now petrol and diesel have become expensive. The price of petrol has gone up to Rs 100 per litre.
He demanded from the central government that the full benefit of the reduction in the international price of crude oil should be given to the public. He said, 'The central government should reduce the central excise duty'.
He added that “the BJP government has brought prices of petrol and diesel to a record level by repeatedly increasing the tax on petrol and diesel in the last 7 years. Due to wrong policies of this government, petrol prices have crossed Rs 100 per liter mark in many parts of the country today and diesel prices are on the verge of touching Rs 100 per liter”.
Meanwhile, as a part of state-wide protest, Congress party workers of Bilaspur staged protest against hike in petrol and diesel prices, in front of various petrol pumps in the city holding placards.