Petrol price hike sparks ignition

Bhubaneswar: The late night hike of petrol price by Rs 1.82 paise per litre by the oil companies has created utter resentment among the aam admi while it provided a shot in the arm to the BJD to raise its voice decibel against the UPA government at the Centre. The commonman already troubled by astronomical hikes in prices of essential commodities could hardly swallow the bitter pill. Incidentally, the price of petrol has moved northwardly for the fifth time in a span of 11 months.

The two major political parties, both BJD and BJP, have opposed the hike and threatened to organise state wide agitations unless the price was rolled back. The youth wing of the ruling BJD today held demonstration in front of the Governor`s House in the city to protest hike in petrol price. The workers of the BJD youth wing congregated at the Raj Bhawan in a motorbike rally. Youth BJD state president Sanjaya Das Verma, two MLAs namely Badal Mohanty and Samir Dash gave anti-UPA slogans and criticised the anti-commonman policies of the Centre.