India recorded a seventh rise in eight days on Tuesday, with the government continuing to point to the war in Ukraine as a major factor behind the spike.
Members of India’s Youth Congress gathered outside the Petroleum Ministry office in Delhi on Tuesday to protest against inflation and a seventh hike in petrol, diesel and LPG prices in the past eight days. Visuals released by news agency ANI showed them carrying signs and “matkas” (potties) with them. Congress leaders have accused the BJP government at the center of “tax gouging” and “profiting” from rising fuel prices. The opposition party also announced a three-phase campaign – “mehngai-mukt bharat abhiyaan” – for which it plans to hold rallies and marches across the country between March 31 and April 7.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala recently claimed the government had won ₹26 lakh crore in eight years by steadily increasing excise duties on petrol and diesel.
Bengal’s ruling Trinamool has hit out at the government over rising fuel prices in the country. “Seventh (fuel price) hike in a week. This is how our honorable Prime Minister is working day and night to lessen the woes of his fellow Indians. Slow applause,” the party tweeted.
India recorded a seventh rise in eight days on Tuesday, with the government continuing to point to the war in Ukraine as a major factor behind the spike. Petrol prices have increased by 80 paise per litre. Prices were increased by 30 paise on Monday.
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Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi have risen to ₹100.21 per liter and ₹91.47 per liter. In Mumbai, the price of gasoline was ₹115.04 per liter and the price of diesel increased to ₹99.25 per liter.
In Chennai, petrol prices have risen to ₹105.94 and diesel prices jumped to ₹96. On the other hand, petrol prices in Kolkata have risen to ₹109.68 per liter and diesel prices at ₹94.62 per liter.
(With ANI entries)
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