Six Youth Congress workers held for tearing PM’s poster

first_imgSix Youth Congress members were arrested on Sunday for allegedly tearing down the poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a petrol pump here while protesting against the high fuel prices.Shouting “BJP, down down”, the Youth Congress activists tore down the poster at a fuel station in Delta Square. “The BJD had come to power pledging to bring ‘Achche Din’. But now the action of the government is just the opposite. Prices of petrol and diesel have become unaffordable. We will not let posters of the Prime Minister to be displayed at any fuel station in the State till the prices do not come down,” said State Youth Congress president Loknath Maharathy, who was leading the agitation.The Youth Congress members also took out rallies on motorcycles shouting slogans against the price hike. The protesters also asked petrol pump owners in the city to remove Mr. Modi’s posters.‘Partisan role’ Slamming the BJD government after the arrest of the youth leaders, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan alleged that the police played a partisan and discriminatory role while dealing with the Congress protesters.The BJP, on the other hand, accused the ruling BJD in the State of using the Congress for its benefit. State BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty alleged that both the BJD and the Congress were working together against the Narendra Modi government.Refuting the allegation, BJD spokesperson Amar Satpathy said the BJD had organised its protest against fuel price hike earlier and there was no question of joining hands with the Congress. (With PTI inputs)last_img

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