Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullapally Ramachandran led the hunger strike. “Poor people are suffering due to the hike in petroleum products. The state Government is putting people through hardships. If this issue is not addressed by the state Government, Congress will intensify the strike from tomorrow,” said Mullapally Ramachandran.
The Centre had hiked prices of petrol, LPG and diesel in the National Capital. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced during her Union budget speech about the imposition of Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess of Rs. 2.5 per litre on petrol and Rs. 4 per litre on diesel.