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Congress bullock-cart rally against fuel surcharge

The city Congress has organized a bullock-cart rally at Azad Maidan on Monday afternoon to protest against state government’s decision to impose surcharge on fuel

Former Maharashtra chief minister and state Congress president Ashok Chovan along with the city Congress president Sanjay Nirupam and other party leaders will lead the rally. They decided to gather at Fashion Street from where they will travel to Azad Maidan.

Last week, the BJP led state government had decided to impose a `drought surcharge’ on a host of items ranging from fuel and liquor to cigarettes and jewellery to raise Rs 1,600 crore for drought affected farmers. The new tax system will be in place for the next five months till February-end, after which the government will rationalize it.

A surcharge of Rs 2 per litre would be levied on petrol and diesel in Mumbai. Its impact will be lower in rural areas as the local body tax (LBT) was scrapped in the remaining 27 corporations across the state.

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