Mumbai, May 30: Condemning the reduction of fuel prices by just 1 paisa per litre after 16 days of relentless price hike, the Congress in Mumbai today said it would launch a social media campaign on June 2 to express its anguish. As a part of the online campaign, titled “Tweet Morcha”, the Opposition would mobilise people to post tweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the issue and suggest ways to reduce the fuel prices, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam told PTI on Wednesday. (Also Read: Petroleum Minister Confesses 1 Paisa Drop in Fuel Price a Mistake by Staff)
The campaign is aimed at rallying those who are active on social media to put pressure on the central and Maharashtra governments to reduce the fuel prices, he said. “The fuel prices have been rising for the last 16 days. Now, the petrol and diesel prices have been reduced by 1 paise. This is a cruel joke and we condemn it,” he said.
Nirupam, along with prominent Twitterati, including author Sucheta Dalal, will gather at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh office on June 2 and collectively start posting tweets to Fadnavis and Modi, asking them to reduce the petrol and diesel prices, he said. “We will also tweet on how fuel prices can be reduced. Maharashtra collects nearly 40 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol per litre. We will tweet to Fadnavis to reduce VAT on petrol,” Nirupam said.
“We will ask the prime minister to reduce the Excise on petrol. Similarly, we will also ask for the removal of these two taxes on fuel and bring it under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is 28 percent,” the Congress leader said. The Congress will soon release hashtags (used on social media to easily find messages with a specific theme or content) for people from across the country and the world who are active on Twitter to tweet seeking a reduction in fuel prices, he said. “Recently, we were out on streets to protest the fuel hike. But, there are people who prefer to comment online rather than taking to streets. This is our endeavour to mobilise this section of the society,” Nirupam said.
Meanwhile, the NCP today organised a morcha against fuel price hike in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik led the protest by riding a bullock cart while other party workers pushed their fuel-based two-wheelers instead of riding them.