BJD to launch agitation against petrol price hike

Bhubaneswar: Lashing out at the UPA government at the Centre for petrol price hike, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday warned that the ruling BJD in the state would launch an agitation against the increase as it would hit the common people hard.

"The petrol price hike will be another heavy burden on the common people," Patnaik told reporters, attacking the Congress-led UPA for raising the fuel price.

"The BJD will certainly agitate over the matter," the chief minister and BJD supremo said.

Protesting the petrol price increase and demanding immediate roll back, activists of the students wing of the BJD today staged a demonstration near the busy Raj Mahal square area here shouting slogans against the Centre.

Claiming that the price of petrol had been raised nine times during the last nine months, the protesters said it would put enormous financial burden on common people.

The state unit of the BJP also hit out at the Centre for the petrol price hike with senior party leader and former state minister B B Harichandan saying that party workers would hit the streets in protest against the price increase.