Congress stages bullock cart protest against fuel surcharge

Mumbai: Mumbai Congress members today ride bullock carts during a protest against Maharashtra Government's decision to levy surcharge on diesel and petrol to mop up funds to tackle drought-like conditions in parts of the State.

Party workers rode bullock carts from Metro Cinema junction to Azad Maidan in South Mumbai to register their protest, which was led by city Congress President Sanjay Nirupam.

Nirupam demanded that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should rethink his decision to impose surcharge on diesel, petrol and a slew of other commodities.

A hike in petrol and diesel prices will put further financial burden on the common man, who is already battling rise in rates of essential commodities, the former Lok Sabha MP said.

Ruling BJP, however, made light of the Congress protest. Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar reminded Congress that the UPA Government led by it had hiked fuel prices several times during its 10-year rule at the Centre.

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