The Congress on Monday held a state-wide protest against inflation and rising prices of petrol and diesel.

The protests were held on the call given by Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu.

The district Congress Committee workers in Shimla took out a protest rally from Congress Office till the deputy commissioner raising slogans against the BJP led government at the Centre and the state.

The Congress workers submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the Shimla deputy commissioner.

The party said that they have been demanding roll back of the recent hike in bus fares in Himachal which was weighing heavy on the pockets of the common man.

Increase in bus fare by 24 per cent is irrational they maintained, adding that the state government has reduced only Rs one from the minimum bus fare of Rs six. The government should instead bring it down to Rs 4 and also that the increase in bus fare should not be apply on school and college students.

There is huge resentment amongst the public for the hike in bus fares maintained the party, adding that the state government should not burden the common man just to benefit the private bus operators, maintained the party.

The common man is already weighed down by the skyrocketing rise in prices of commodities, said the party, adding that in 2014 the cost of domestic LPG cylinder was Rs 434 which has now shot to Rs 950.

The cost of petrol and diesel has increased to Rs 90 and Rs 85 respectively.