Social distancing goes for a toss as Congress protests fuel price hike with cycle rally in Bengaluru
The Congress ended up violating all social distancing norms as hundreds of party workers cycled together and crowded outside the party office before moving towards the income tax office without masks
Deputy Chief Minister Pilot and other Congress leaders submitted a memorandum to the President through the district collector after the protest.
His attack came on a day petrol price was hiked by 33 paise per litre and diesel by 58 paise to take retail rates to record high.
The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) is the apex umbrella body of transporters, representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities.
The former Congress chief has been targeting the government over the rise in petrol and diesel prices, and has said the middle class and poor people pay for the "gifts crony capitalists get".
As on Friday, OMCs had hiked petrol and diesel prices by a sharp Rs 3.31 and Rs 3.42 per litre respectively through six consecutive rate increases starting Sunday.
Currently, the sales tax on petrol and diesel is 32 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.
As per the new budget by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, rate of tax for petrol and diesel has been increased from 30 per cent to 32 per cent and 19 per cent to 21 per cent respectively.
Kerala's move could put pressure on other states, mostly ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, to reduce taxes.
In Delhi and Chennai, petrol was sold for Rs 77.47 and Rs 80.42 per litre respectively, according to data on the website of Indian Oil Corp.
The government had raised excise duty nine times between Nov 2014 and Jan 2016 to shore up finances as global oil prices fell, but then cut the tax just once in October last year by Rs 2 a litre.
In Delhi and Mumbai, the fuel was sold at Rs 76.87 and Rs 84.70 per litre repectively, up from Rs Rs 76.57 and Rs 84.40 on Monday.
Petrol prices today touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre and diesel climbed to its highest-ever level of Rs 67.57.