Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D Ok Shivakumar, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and different outstanding leaders had been arrested on Friday in Bengaluru whereas they had been protesting towards the steep hike in gas costs.
Protests had been held throughout the state at 800 petrol pumps.
Talking to reporters in Bengaluru, Mr Shivakumar stated that gas costs had been hiked 48 instances this yr and referred to as it “daylight theft”.
“The BJP raised petrol costs 48 instances in 2021. What number of wage hikes did the center class get? By how a lot was the minimal wage raised? By how a lot had been NREGA wages elevated? What number of instances had been farmers” MSPs elevated? That is daylight theft by the BJP,” he stated.
He additional stated that each citizen is affected by this burden and stated that the BJP authorities was pick-pocketing everybody within the identify of tax on petrol. The BJP authorities has collected greater than Rs 20.60 lakh crore from taxes on petrol within the final seven years, he added.
“The speed at which the BJP is growing gas taxes to fund the constructing of Modi”s new palace, we would quickly see petrol at Rs 120 in 2022, at Rs 160 in 2023 and at Rs 200 in 2024.
“Communicate out earlier than it is too late,” Mr Shivakumar stated in a tweet interesting to the individuals to protest towards the steep gas value hike.
Mr Siddaramaiah stated that the centre was ”rubbing salt on the accidents” of widespread man amid the ”financial meltdown” attributable to the continuing Covid pandemic.
“Is that this authorities not ashamed of sucking the blood of individuals? This authorities is performing like a leech. They’ve made individuals’s lives hell. Narendra Modi is constantly mendacity and deceiving individuals by giving false info,” he stated.
Right now is the primary of Congress’s five-day protests underneath the ”Not Out 100” marketing campaign towards the rising gas costs.
Protests had been held in all of the District Headquarters on Friday. The occasion will maintain protests in any respect the Taluk Headquarters and Hobli Headquarters on Sunday, in all Gram Panchayats on Monday, and on all different main areas of Karnataka on Tuesday.