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Congress leaders and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rode a bicycle from his residence to Minsk Square on June 29 to protest the rising fuel prices in the country.

“We are carrying out our duty today. At the time of the UPA government’s rule, when there was any hike in fuel prices, several BJP leaders had made bold statements. It is ironic that today, at the time of this COVID-19 pandemic, even despite the price of barrels falling, they have increased fuel prices,” said Shivakumar.

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“In Delhi, diesel prices have exceeded petrol prices. We must protest against this. The DCP can file whatever case he wants to. Despite several cases against us, we have never been shaken up. They are making citizen’s life difficult and causing them to burn in hell. These people must be protected,” he added.

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In Bengaluru, the petrol prices per litre were raised to Rs 83.04 (increase by Rs 0.05), and the diesel prices stand at Rs 76.58/litre (increase by Rs 0.13), according to state oil marketing companies.

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The Congress has termed the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel as “unjust” and “thoughtless”. The party advocated the Central government to roll back the increase with immediate effect and pass on the benefit of low oil prices directly to the people.