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Updated: 10-09-2018 14:18 IST

Bharat bandh: Goa Cong visits fuel pumps to create awareness

Panaji, Sep 10 (PTI) As part of the Bharat bandh

called by the Congress Monday, its leaders in Goa visited fuel

pumps to apprise people of the Centre's policies which the

party claimed had led to its prices skyrocketing.

All India Congress Committee secretary A Chellakumar

told reporters that the state unit of the Congress was not

observing the shutdown as Goa is getting ready for Ganesh


"We dont want people to suffer because of the bandh

as they are busy in last minute shopping for Ganesh Chaturthi.

That is is why we decided to visit petrol pumps and create

awareness among people," Chellakumar said.

The Congress leader alleged that the ruling BJP in its

manifesto in the run up to the polls had promised to control

fuel prices by reducing taxes and levies on it but had failed

to do so.

"Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar can reduce the

Value Added Tax on fuel immediately so as to bring down petrol

prices by Rs 10 per litre. The Centre can also reduce taxes

and help the common man," he claimed.

Pointing out that fuel prices nationwide were at an

all time high, Chellakumar said that one could not wait for

months together to create awareness.

"It is the need of the hour. It is for this that the

Congress had called for this Bharat bandh. Many other parties

have joined it," he said.

He said that the previous Congress-led UPA government

had kept fuel prices low even when international rates soared

and claimed that the party would do the same once again if

voted to power. PTI RPS BNM BNM


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