KPCC chief warns of protest if state refuses to cut fuel prices

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Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president K Sudhakaran announced that Congress will stage a protest if the state government refuses to cut fuel prices. He issued the statement while lauding the central government’s decision to cut excise duty on petrol and diesel.

Welcoming the central government’s decision, Sudhakaran said that he is grateful to the central government for taking the step.

“If the centre didn’t cut the fuel price hike, India might have witnessed a political turmoil within a few days. The decision to cut the excise duty prevented such a situation,” said KPCC chief.

At the same time, Sudhakaran raised a sharp criticism against the Kerala government’s response to the centre’s major announcement.

“The fuel prices will not come down with the centre’s decision. The state government must slash tax on fuel. If the state government is not willing to cut tax, a protest will be staged in Kerala. Hence, the LDF government should cut the excise duty and follow the Oommen Chandy government model,” Sudhakaran said.

At the same time, he declared the party will move forward with KPCC reorganisation.

“Congress leaders in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will visit Kerala to study our mode of work. That means, KPCC is such a result-oriented group. The All India Congress Committee has all powers to halt the reorganisation if they have any dissatisfaction over it. KPCC is bound to follow their orders. But so far, I don’t expect such a direction. Because I already discussed the matter with High Command and I got a green signal from them. So, AICC has directed to complete the reorganisation as soon as possible,” he added.

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