State Times News JAMMU: The Congress Party staged a protest against a surge in diesel and petrol prices in Jammu on Thursday, under the leadership of former Minister J&K Raman Bhalla (Vice President JKPCC) and former Minister J&K Yogesh Sawhney, General Secretary JKPCC and Incharge District President Jammu Urban. The demonstration was organised by Uttam Singh, Varinder Manhas and Block Presidents of Block 1 and Block 4, Jammu West opposite Police Station, Janipur. Senior Congress leaders, Block Presidents, Ward Presidents and contested candidates participated in the demonstration. speaking on the occasion, Bhalla stated that the Party has decided to hold mass protests at block levels as an attempt “to awaken the government to the hardships of the people”. “No money is percolating down to the middle class or poor people. No financial and relief help is being provided to the public as a result of such policies, the local consumer suffers on a daily basis,” Bhalla said. He demanded rollback of taxes on petrol and diesel to provide relief to common people. Hitting out at the Modi government, former Minister and senior Congress leader said, “Today the whole country is passing through a difficult period and the common man is facing hardships due to wrong policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Yogesh Sawhney said that the Party will hold such demonstrations until the government realises it’s grave mistake and reverses its decisions. Sawhney also commented on the helpless condition of the people of Jammu who are continuously suffering under the burden of price rises, toll plazas and lack of any financial help. “Petrol price was unchanged on Wednesday after 17 consecutive increases, while diesel rates were increased by 48 paise per litre across the country for a record 18th day in a row. The increase in diesel price will burden the expenses in general as the price of every other item will increase,”, added Sawhney.
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