New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Congress today launched a signature campaign in the national capital against the “unprecedented” rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said the party aims to collect 10 lakh signatures from consumers at petrol pumps across Delhi and submit them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to convey people’s anguish over the rise in fuel prices.

Maken said he and his party workers will visit petrol pumps tomorrow in protest against the “unprecedented hike in the prices of petrol and diesel”.

On Friday, Maken had accused the BJP-led NDA government of “looting” and “profiteering” at the expense of the common man. He had said the party would continue its fight “until this draconian taxation regime is withdrawn”.

He had claimed that in every Rs 100 of petrol sold, Rs 51.78 account for taxes and in the case of diesel it is Rs 44.40.

He had demanded a white paper on taxes imposed on fuels and the gains earned by the government, and said the party would agitate across the country.

“The Congress will launch a nationwide agitation against this burdening of the common man with increased taxes and flooding the coffers of the government,” he had said, adding a bigger protest would be launched on September 20.

Maken also claimed that the Arvind Kejriwal government has increased VAT on petrol twice by making amendments in the law, while the Centre has also been burdening the common man by raising taxes on petroleum products.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.