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LPG protest planks

Ranchi, Oct. 7: Political rivals in the state have seized the latest round of cooking gas price hike to jump into mud-slinging matches against each other with the ultimate aim of building a favourable image among the public.

If the BJP has decided to leave no stone unturned to turn the heat on Congress — which is leading the UPA government in the Centre that is being held responsible for the back-to-back price hikes — the latter, not to be cowered into a corner, is working out strategies to convince people that the Jharkhand government was equally responsible for the chaotic scenario.

The BJP will stage demonstrations at different district headquarters on October 12. Party state president Dineshanand Goswami said that BJP’s women’s wing would be at the forefront of the proposed campaigns. Senior party members will also join the protest programmes.

The BJP will hold a meeting with its district presidents on October 9 to finalise the action plan.

“All party leaders will actively take part. In the coming days, we will also be intensifying our mass campaigns,” Goswami said.

Insiders revealed that the BJP central leadership has directed its governments in different states to take a tough stand on the issue.

Congress spokesperson Radha Krishna Kishore, on the other hand, claimed that the Arjun Munda government was shirking its responsibilities.

“If several other states can provide three cylinders per annum at subsidised prices, why can’t Jharkhand? In the federal structure, states also play a very important role. The government at the Centre has its own compulsions in the changed global economic scenario,” he argued.