Congress slams govt over ‘unjust, insensitive’ fuel price hike

Congress slams govt over ‘unjust, insensitive’ fuel price hike

Though fuel prices have been increased across the country but the final retail selling price differs from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT.

Diesel prices per litre were raised to Rs 80.53 in Delhi, Rs 78.83 in Mumbai, Rs 77.72 in Chennai, Rs 76.58 in Bengaluru and Rs 75.64 in Kolkata. "Hike in petrol and diesel prices will have to be reversed", he demanded.

While diesel has been recording new highs since 19 June, petrol prices are also close to the all-time high rates last seen in October 2018 when worldwide oil prices had spiked close to $80 per barrel.

As per details, petrol prices in South Asia as of Saturday stood at PKR18086 per litre in India, PKR174.86 per litre in Bangladesh, PKR143.86 per litre in Sri Lanka and PKR143.31 in Maldives. Diesel rate was up from Rs 79.88 to Rs 80.02 a litre. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav along with party workers held a cycle rally to protest the hike in fuel prices in Patna.

The opposition party also organised similar protests in Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat districts of Gujarat and demanded roll back of the hike.

Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja led the protest in Karnal, which is chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar's home constituency.

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Delhi Congress leaders on Monday staged a protest across the city against hike in fuel prices, raising slogans against the BJP-led central government and the AAP dispensation in the national capital.

Although most leaders and workers in Bengaluru were wearing masks, there was very little physical distancing followed in the protest with party workers congregating close to each other at the party office on Queen's Road.

She said despite global crude oil prices being at their lowest, the Centre, instead of passing on the benefits to the common people by lowering the prices, is constantly hiking fuel prices. The fuel prices have increased by Rs 11 in the last 10 days.

Another driver said the cost of a one-way trip has gone up by Rs3,000-Rs4,000 because diesel prices have gone up.

The Congress party had termed the increase in price of petrol and diesel as "unjust" and "thoughtless" and urged the Central government to roll back the increase with immediate effect and pass on the benefit of low oil prices directly to people.

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