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Punjab farmers protest fuel hike

With summer crop sowing in full swing across Punjab, farmers are upset at the sharp increase in diesel prices. Several farmer organisations on Tuesday staged protests across the State, accusing the BJP government at the Centre of ruining their livelihood.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reduce the Central excise on petrol and diesel so as to bring the fuel prices down. It also asked the Punjab government to cut the State taxes on fuels.

Members of 10 farmer unions staged demonstrations at 200 petrol pumps in the State. “We ...

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