The Congress party will launch a 10-day nationwide campaign against the rise in oil prices and unemployment from July 7. The Congress said it would hold nationwide protests from July 7 to 17 to highlight the plight of the people and the alleged government apathy towards the people. The decision was taken in a meeting held on Thursday with general secretaries and state in-charges chaired by party interim president Sonia Gandhi.
Party General Secretary-Organization KC Venugopal said in a statement, “Considering the plight of those already suffering due to the Corona virus pandemic, massive unemployment and salary cuts, the Congress Party has decided to launch nationwide agitation programs at the block, district and state levels.” has decided. These programs will be implemented by the state units between July 7 and 17.
The Congress party will start a nationwide movement of women belonging to Mahila Congress, Youth Congress and other front units at the block level and leaders and workers will take out cycle yatras at the district level. Leaders and activists will take out processions at the state level along with signature campaigns at petrol pumps across the country demanding reduction in petrol and diesel prices.
Venugopal said the party aims to create a mass movement that will attack the ruling BJP-led NDA government to withdraw excessive excise duty on oil and gas and provide relief to consumers suffering during times of pandemic, economic slowdown and unprecedented unemployment. Will put pressure
The campaign aims to cover around 3 crore households in 30 days, which will touch around 12 crore people (an average of 4 members per family). In which 7199 blocks are included in 7,935 cities of 736 districts. A total of 1,51,340 Congress workers will be in the fray under the campaign.
The Congress alleged that the Modi government charges Rs 32.90 per liter excise duty on petrol and Rs 31.80 per liter on diesel and the central government has earned Rs 22 lakh crore in the last seven years by levying excise duty on petrol and diesel. The opposition party said that the prices of edible oils have almost doubled in the last six months. There has been an unprecedented rise in the prices of pulses as the prices of every household item have seen a huge jump. The party claimed that the Wholesale Price Index has increased by 12.94 per cent in May 2021, which is the highest in the last 11 years.