Cong to protest LPG price hike tomorrow

Chhattisgarh Women Congress will hold state-level demonstration at Gandhi Maidan, Raipur on February 23 to protest the erroneous policy of central government which led to the rise in prices of LPG cylinders.

They demanded roll back of the recent price hike.

Women Congress state president Phulo Devi Netam will lead the demonstration.

Netam said during Dr Manmohan Singh government when prices of LPG cylinder was increased by 50 paise, the then BJP women leaders had demonstrated on the roads carrying fire woods but now they are keeping total mum.

She said not only the LPG, prices of other materials are on rise during the BJP-led Central government’s rule. The household budget of women is spiraling while the poor are facing more difficulty in day-to-day life.

Congress leader said the Ujjwala scheme was launched to provide free LPG cylinders to poor but now the poor women are unable to refill due to higher costs. They are now forced to return to their traditional cooking with fuel wood and other materials, she added.

Netam added that 2003 Atal Bihari Vajpayee government fell due to hike in onion price now Modi government will face same backlash from women over the price hike of all materials including LPG, petrol-diesel.

The Congress woman leader added that agitation will continue till the hike is rolled back. Earlier, the agitations were organised at block and district headquarters, now it is scheduled in capital city.