Tribune News Service
Amritsar, February 13
Congress workers burnt an effigy of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government outside Hall Gate here on Thursday. They were protesting against the recent hike in prices of LPG cylinders.
Speaking on the occasion, Lok Sabha member Gurjit Singh Aujla said common people were already facing problems due to high prices of petrol, diesel, pulses and even onion. “The government has given a blow to poor people by increasing the price of LPG. We demand that the LPG prices should be reduced and people given a respite,” said Aujla, adding that the party would oppose the hike outside Parliament.
Aujla said the Congress government would reduce the electricity prices in Punjab. He said a meeting with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had already been held and he had ordered a review of the electricity prices in the state.
District Congress Committee (Urban) president Jatinder Sonia said the prices of LPG had been increased twice in the last one and a half months. She said by increasing the price by Rs 144.5 in one go, the government had shown that it was insensitive towards the poor. She said on the one hand, the Prime Minister claimed that they had provided LPG connections to poor people to improve the plight of rural women but on the other it had increased LPG prices, making it unaffordable for poor people. The party workers carrying empty cylinders participated in the protest and raised anti-government and anti-Modi slogans.
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