Over 100 Congress workers, MLAs and leaders were detained on Friday in different parts of Gujarat for protesting against the hike in fuel prices without the permission of the police in different parts of Gujarat, an official said.
Gujarat Congress leaders and workers demonstrated in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Bharuch, Palanpur and Vadodara as part of a nationwide call given by the party high command to protest against the high prices of petrol and diesel.
While the party’s state president Amit Chavda led the agitation in Gandhinagar, former state unit chief Bharatsinh Solanki took part in the party’s protest in Vadodara, where workers pulled a car using ropes.
Senior MLA and Deputy Leader of Opposition Shailesh Parmar led the agitation in Ahmedabad.
According to the police, more than 100 Congress workers have been detained in different cities for protesting without permission.
Gandhinagar Deputy Superintendent of Police MK Rana said Chavda and 40 other agitators were detained from their protest site near the Satyagraha Cantonment ground in Gandhinagar.
“We have detained around 40 Congress workers, including Amit Chavda and Gandhinagar MLA CJ Chavda, for organizing events without the permission of the police and that too amid the coronavirus pandemic,” Rana said, adding that the workers were released. The decision will be taken soon. by senior officers.
In Vadodara, police briefly detained Solanki and 20 other Congress workers and similar detentions were taken in other parts of the state, an official said, adding that 20 workers were detained in Rajkot city. was taken into custody.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his detention, the MLA said that the prices of petrol and diesel were increasing continuously since the BJP came to power at the Center in 2014.
He said, “On one hand the fuel prices are rising, on the other hand people’s jobs are being lost and inflation is increasing. The BJP government is not doing anything to give relief to the people. We want the government to either increase the excise duty Reduce the duty on fuel or bring it under GST, so that the prices come down,” Mr. Parmar said.