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State-wide protest against high inflation by Rajasthan Congress

Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 6:33pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Raising concerns about spiralling food costs and overall price rise, Congress will hold a state-wide protest in Rajasthan against the Centre as well as the Vasundhara Raje government on July 9.

Rajasthan Congress chief and former Union minister Sachin Pilot said the focus of the protest would be on rising prices of food as well as against hikes in railway and roadway fares.

Criticising the Centre, the former Union Minister said the new government is giving the same reasons, which when given by the previous UPA regime for rising prices and were rubbished by the BJP.

On July 9, the Congress in Rajashtan would stage a state-wide protest against high inflation and simultaneous protests would be held at Collectors' offices in 33 districts.

The protest would also be against increase in passenger fares in railways, increase in petrol and diesel prices, which have now been institutionalised, Pilot told PTI in an interview.

"When we said that international crude prices determines our fuel prices, they said it is bad fiscal management and bad policy making... but today ministers are making the exact same reasons.

"I want the people to know that a political party can get away by speaking in a different voice while in Opposition and completely turn the tables when they are in government," he said.

In recent times, food as well as overall inflation has been on the rise. In May, food inflation touched 9.5 per cent while wholesale price rise stood at 6.01 per cent for the same month.

Moreover, the price of diesel has been hiked besides Railway fares.

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