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Nagaland Congress trolls PM Modi as petrol price hits a century; video viral

DIMAPUR: Congress workers in Nagaland’s Dimapur today used trolling to great effect against prime minister Narendra Modi over the unchecked rise in the prices of petrol, diesel, and LPG.

Even as petrol prices reach new highs in the state (with the price of the fuel crossing the Rs. 100 threshold in at least 9 districts), a team of Congress workers reached a fuel station in Dimapur to poke fun at the Centre over its ‘broken promise’ to keep the prices manageable. One of the Congress workers, donning cricket gear and a mask of the prime minister, pretended to celebrate a century in cricket style.

Needless to say, this unique way of protesting drew the attention of the public, and snippets of the Nagaland Congress’ ‘performance’ are now doing the rounds on social media.

With this steep rise becoming a political issue again, party workers and officials of the Nagaland Congress on Friday morning reached different petrol pumps and important locations in Dimapur to protest the hike in prices of petrol, diesel, and LPG. The protest involves a signature campaign (online and offline), pasting posters, and sticking stickers on vehicles.

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As the culmination of the protests, the NPCC will submit a memorandum to Governor R N Ravi on July 16.

According to goodreturns.in, the petrol price in at least 9 districts has breached the Rs. 100 mark. These districts are: Kiphire, Kohima, Longleng, Mokokchung, Mon, Phek, Tuensang, Wokha, and Zunheboto.

The prices first breached the psychological Rs 100-a-litre mark in Tuensang and Kiphire on June 26.

It needs mention here that oil marketing companies (OMCs) revise fuel prices daily based on global crude prices and the exchange rate of currency. Besides, prices are determined by central and state tax policy, dealer’s commissions as well as other related charges, including transportation. The prices, as a result, vary from state to state, and region to region within a state.

According to Indian Oil Corporation’s ‘price buildup’ of fuel prices in Delhi, besides global price impact on base price, retail prices are determined by price charged to dealers (based price + freight etc), excise duty, average dealer commission, and VAT (including VAT on Dealer Commission).

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