Bhubaneswar, June 4: Congress workers on Monday stage protest in Cuttack against the price hike in petroleum products across the country. Holding banners and party flags to ensure a six-hour ‘chaka jam’, workers raised slogans against the government at the center.

Talking to the news agency, ANI, state Congress President, Nirajan Patnaik, said, “Consumers are at loss. A few traders and manufacturers are gaining from the price hike. Both Centre and state government are least bothered about people’s plight.”

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) observed the strike in the twin cities starting 6 a.m. as the vehicular movement came to a standstill. The Congress leaders and workers resorted to picketing at several key points in the two cities. As a result, many cars, buses, and trucks remained stranded at various junctions.

The general public and office-goers faced harrowing experience as they could not manage a commute.

“I am overwhelmed by the support we have received from residents of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to our call for protest against rising fuel prices. It’s not a shutdown, but a protest by Odisha Congress, where people from all walks of life have joined us in not using their vehicles till 12 noon,” added OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik. In the past fortnight, fuel prices had mostly been on the rise across the country. The reason behind it is the rise in the crude oil cost and high taxes levied by the central and state government.

(With agency inputs)