Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Odisha launched a state-wide protest for three days beginning from today against the rise in price of petrol and diesel in the country.
The party has decided to protest the fuel price hike in all the 314 block headquarters by staging peaceful demonstration.
Holding banners and placards, BJD activists also staged a demonstration near Raj Bhawan here. A delegation of the party later submitted a memorandum to the Governor addressed to the President of India.
Notably, the party has been demanding a reduction in the excise duty on fuel price by the Centre.
Countering BJP’s demand of reducing value added tax (VAT) on fuel by the Odisha government, BJD has said that 26 percent VAT imposed by the state government on the two products is less than that of the tax levied by many other states.