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BJD announces hartal in Odisha against petrol price hike

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The ruling Biju (BJD) today announced that it would stage a "hartal" across tomorrow to protest the steep hike in the price of petrol and diesel despite a slide in price in the international market.

Hitting out at the BJP-led at the Centre for the fuel price hikes, senior BJD leaders told reporters that five-hour state-wide hartal would be observed from 7 AM till 12 noon.

Apart from the state capital of Bhubaneswar, party workers and supporters would stage peaceful agitation in all district, sub-division and block headquarters, BJD vice presidents and Devi and general secretary Sanjay Dasburma said.

Demonstrations would also be held infront of offices of the Central government, they said adding the agitation would continue till the Centre reduced fuel prices.

While the international crude price had fallen, the has failed to take steps to reduce the price of petrol and diesel, they said.

Stating that frequent increase in fuel price had adverse impact on the common people, the BJD leaders said fuel price hike would have a cascading effect on the prices of essential commodities.

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 20:42 IST