1. Why govt should not have effected petrol price hike, diesel price hike; Congress explains

Why govt should not have effected petrol price hike, diesel price hike; Congress explains

Congress on Wednesday slammed Narendra Modi government for petrol price hike as well as that of diesel. A big hike in fuel rates was announced on Wednesday that hiked petrol by Rs 3.07 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.90 - both at Delhi, with corresponding increase in other states.

By: | Published: March 17, 2016 1:55 PM

Congress on Wednesday slammed Narendra Modi government for petrol price hike as well as that of diesel. A big hike in fuel rates was announced on Wednesday that hiked petrol by Rs 3.07 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.90 – both at Delhi, with corresponding increase in other states. Petrol price hike will mean that per litre rate from Thursday will be Rs 59.68 in Delhi, Rs 63.76 in Kolkata, Rs 65.79 in Mumbai and Rs 59.13 in Chennai. The diesel price hike means the per litre rate will be Rs 48.33 in Delhi, Rs 50.75 in Kolkata, Rs 55.06 in Mumbai and Rs 49.09 in Chennai. Howver, the opposition party explained why the petrol price hike and diesel price hike should not have been implemented. Check it out:

“The Congress party is forced to wonder as to how much will this government take to prove that it is anti-farmer, anti-poor and anti-common Indian citizen. It beats any logic, whatsoever to hit the farmer with a diesel price hike, even as he is facing almost a calamity in the shape of unseasonal rains and hailstorm and inclement weather that has flatten crop across north India.,” said party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

“In addition, the hike today (Wednesday) comes at a time when the farmers across the country will be indulging in cutting and threshing of the Rabi crop, which would entail heavier diesel consumption by them,” he added.

Surjewala further said: “It is for the third time in a row that the Modi government has hiked the prices of diesel by Rs 1.90 per litre, even as it continues to play the inexplicable game of see-saw by increasing and decreasing petrol prices.”

“During the past month, diesel prices have been raised by Rs 3.77 a litre and since February last year, the government has increased the diesel prices eight times, while the decreases have been effected only on three occasions,” he added.

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