Ruling-BJD, Congress in Odisha fume over LPG price hike

Bhubaneswar: With fuel prices at stratospheric levels, the Central government hiked prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) today leading to further resentment.

The recent LPG price hike has now provided an opportunity to both ruling-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Opposition Congress in Odisha to train their guns at the BJP-led government at the Centre.

As per the revised rates, a consumer will now have to pay Rs 2.33 extra per subsidized cylinder while the non-subsidized LPG cylinder will cost Rs 48 more.

“It is unfortunate as people are already reeling under rising fuel prices and hike in LPG prices will certainly compound the miseries,” said Congress leader, Sasmita Behera.

Similarly, BJD MLA Sanjay Das Burma said, “The Centre has now directly attacked every household and we condemn the hike in LPG prices.”

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan on the other hand, targeted Odisha government for unnecessarily politicising the issue.

“Today, some of my friends created a furore over hike in non-subsidized LPG cylinders. If Odisha government is so concerned then it should inform the GST council to impose zero tax on LPG,” said Pradhan.

Pradhan further stated that there has been no change in the allotment of subsidized LPG cylinders.

“The consumers, who got a subsidy of Rs nearly Rs 169 per subsidized LPG cylinder in May, will now get a subsidy of Rs 204.95 per new cylinder in June. Is the BJD opposing the hike in subsidy?” questioned Pradhan.


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