CM Yediyurappa is spineless to question Centre: Siddaramaiah on fuel prices

Govt has failed to contain Covid-19 and 62% of people have lost their jobs, says Siddaramaiah

Mysuru, June 20:- Former MLA M K Somashekar distributed petrol near Chikkamaniketana Hall in Kuvempunagar here for Rs 25 per litre. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the initiative by refilling fuel for two-wheelers as if to criticise the hike in fuel prices.

“The continuous increase in fuel prices is affecting middle class, lower middle class and farmers. Petrol and diesel should have been sold at a lower price. Now fuel can be sold at Rs 25-30 per litre as the crude oil price has come down in the international market. Fuel prices can be maintained but fuel price is being increased every day,” said Siddaramaiah.

“Many people are not getting food and many are on the streets without having jobs. The government has not empowered them. Simply clapping, lighting candles will not help. Electricity bill is getting increased rapidly. Earlier, we were giving subsidy to farmers which will no more be available. Excise duty on fuel should be removed. State governments are imposing 19-20% tax,” he said.

“Around 62% of people have lost their jobs. The central government has failed in maintaining the Indian economy well. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has no guts to question the central government. He is helpless in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indira Canteen would have been helpful at such times. It was introduced to help the poor. But the state government is trying to close it as it was started by me. Congress had fought for the Land Reforms Act in 1961. Its amendment will be harmful to farmers,” he added.

“Government has failed in controlling the spread of coronavirus. I have written a letter in this regard. I urged the government for a discussion in Assembly over the Land Reforms Act amendment as well. The state government is misusing Section 144 during Covid-19 to amend such Acts. Yediyurappa is dancing to the tunes of Modi. Congress will continue its protests against this,” he said.

Former Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan, District Congress Committee president B J Vijay Kumar, Congress city president R Murthy and other Congress leaders were present. (MR/GK)

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