Today, the Karnataka government increased the tax rates on petrol and diesel from an earlier 28.75% and 17.73% to 32% and 21% respectively. Congress who promised fuel price reduction within a minute of forming a government in Madhya Pradesh is quite upset with this decision and is likely to announce a Karnataka Bandh tomorrow. Karnataka is currently ruled by a Congress and JDS coalition.
A few days back Congress convened a Bharat Bandh due to increasing fuel prices and the country witnessed a surge in incidents of violence. In one such case in Bihar, a girl of age less than ten died as she could not get an ambulance due to the traffic created by Congress workers.
Understanding what the normal public goes through due to the increase in fuel prices, Congress is likely to fight for people’s right and announce a statewide Karnataka Bandh tomorrow, says a Congress official who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Fauxy’s reliable sources say that the Karnataka government has raised the taxes on fuel to get sufficient funding in order to fight the upcoming general elections as a large chunk of the black money that Congress had was reduced to paper during demonetization.