Hyderabad, Jan 17 (Agencies): The Telugu Desam Party would organise demonstrations in Andhra Pradesh on January 22 to protest against petrol price hike effected by the Centre.

"The government increased the price of petrol by Rs 3 although the oil companies are making profits. The price of petrol has shot up by Rs 11 in the last seven months," TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu pointed out.

In all, prices of petroleum products were hiked 19 times in the last six years, leaving the people hapless, he said.

Chandrababu held a meeting with senior leaders of his party at the NTR Bhavan here on Monday to discuss the issue.

"The hike in price of petrol will lead to hike in prices of other commodities as well as transportation," he said.

The Andhra Pradesh government was imposing 33 per cent on petrol as value-added tax, which was higher compared to other states. In neighbouring Odisha it was only 18 per cent, he pointed out.

He also found fault with the state government for collecting four per cent VAT on kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas, putting extra burden on common people. No other state was doing so, Chandrababu said.

The TDP chief demanded that the state government reduce the tax on petrol and other fuels immediately to provide relief to people.