BJP-ruled Maharashtra breaks new record: Highest petrol price in India

Dwayne Harmon
September 11, 2018

The prices of both petrol and diesel have been at their record high levels for around a week now, with the petrol price crossing the Rs 80 per litre mark on Saturday.

In Delhi, the prices of petrol and diesel were both hiked by 14 paise. The government is of the view that a weak rupee along with high global crude oil prices can impact fiscal deficit as well as current account deficit.

However, many feel that by attributing the price hike only on worldwide factors must be taken with a pinch of salt, the BJP government is trying to shrug away its own responsibility of bringing fuel prices under the ambit of the Goods and the Services Tax (GST).

The other highest centres include Nanded where petrol was retailing at Rs 89.93 per litre and diesel Rs 77.90, and Amravati Rs 89.93 and Rs 78.84. Left parties held their own protest in Delhi and several other parts of the country. The nationwide bandh affected the bus and train services.

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Yadav said, "While the opposition is protesting, prices of petrol and diesel have been hiked again this morning".

Senior party leader Dilip Pandey said unrest against Narendra Modi-led government is growing and the opposition can not remain silent to the plight of common man affected by issues like fuel price hike, corruption and unemployment. "Today he is the Prime Minister and says nothing". AICC Chhattisgarh in-charge and senior leader PL Punia, state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel joined the party workers in Raipur in appealing to businessmen to down their shutters. On Monday, Andhra Pradesh government announced a reduction of tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 a litre. BS Photo by Kamlesh Pednekar Hike in petrol price on the day oppn parties protesting shows govt's insensitivity: Akhilesh Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav said hike in prices of petroleum products on the day opposition parties staged "Bharat Bandh' shows government's "insensitivity" towards common people".

Manmohan Singh hit out at the BJP for "miserably" failing to control fuel prices. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "Everyone has a right to protest but what is happening today?"

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is among the strongest critics of BJP, said she "in principle" supported the issue on which the Bharat Bandh was called but not the bandh.

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