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

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

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

Aday after Opposition-led Bharat Bandh, fuel prices continued to rise on Tuesday with petrol being sold at Rs 80.87 and diesel at Rs 72.97 per litre in the national capital. Petrol prices on Tuesday touched a scorching Rs 90.11 in Maharashtra's Parbhani while diesel prices also increased from Rs 77.92 to Rs 78.06, Parbhani District Petrol Dealers Association (PDPDA) President Sanjay Deshmukh said.

On Monday, the petrol price was Rs 89.97 and diesel stood at Rs 77.92 in the town with a population of around 3,10,000, around 500 kms east of Mumbai in Marathwada region. An anonymous government official, quoted by PTI in a news report published Monday, said a cut in excise duty that the central government levies will impact fiscal deficit and states like Bihar, Kerala, and Punjab are not in a position to cut sales tax or Value Added Tax (VAT). The Centre now levies a total excise duty of Rs 19.48 per litre of petrol and Rs 15.33 per litre on diesel. Left parties held their own protest in Delhi and several other parts of the country.

As the Congress top brass including party chief Rahul Gandhi targeted the Narendra Modi government at a protest rally at Ramlila Maidan here, the BJP claimed that the bandh was called to divert attention from the hearing in the Delhi High Court on a matter related to the National Herald case involving its "corrupt" leaders. On Monday, Andhra Pradesh government announced a reduction of tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 a litre.

Meanwhile, Congress-led group of Opposition parties have called for Bharat Bandh today against the rising fuel prices. "Today he is the Prime Minister and says nothing".

These fuel price figures were released by the BJP. Modiji used to move around the country saying that petrol prices are going up, diesel prices are going up.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday blamed Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the surge in global prices of crude and said that the solution for the fuel price hike in not in government hands. They also burnt effigies of the Centre against the spiralling fuel prices.

"The BJP strongly believes that despite some momentary difficulties, the people of India do not support this protest", he said.

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