BJP MP, minister lead protest against toll tax in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, July 9 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Bardoli Prabhu Vasava and Gujarat Minister of State for Tribal Development Kanti Gamit on Saturday led a public demonstration against what they called “too high” highway toll tax.

Both the BJP leaders led locals to protest against toll levied at Songadh tax booth on highway connecting Hazira to Nagpur, popularly known as the Dhulia interstate highway, and claimed the previous UPA government was responsible for it.

“Our agitation is not against our party’s government in the state or at the ventre. The agreement for toll was signed during the UPA government and we are protesting against that,” Vasava told local journalists.

He said the region was dominated by tribals who find it difficult to bear high cost of toll while traveling on the highway. “A trucker earns Rs 900 for a trip but has to spend as much as Rs 700 on toll. It is not viable for those in the business,” he added.

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