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Congress demands rollback of hike in fuel prices

The Congress on Saturday said that the government should rollback the increase in fuel prices instead of "showing fitness", apparently referring to Union ministers and BJP leaders posting videos of their workouts on social media

Jaipur: The Congress on Saturday said that the government should rollback the increase in fuel prices instead of “showing fitness”, apparently referring to Union ministers and BJP leaders posting videos of their workouts on social media.

 

“Someone is doing push-ups and someone is showing fitness (in other ways) but fuel prices are rising,” Congress leader Sachin Pilot told reporters in Jaipur.

His comments came after Union ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Kiren Rijiju posted videos on social media as part of a ‘fitness challenge’, which has also been accepted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others.

Pilot added State governments can also provide relief by cutting the Value Added Tax (VAT) and cess levied on fuel prices.

He said people annoyed with the increasing fuel prices will give a befitting reply to the government in upcoming polls.

Petrol and diesel prices were raised for the 12th day in succession until 24 May as State-owned oil firms decided to pass on the burden to consumers.

Avinash Pande, AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan, said the increasing fuel prices have badly hit the common man but the government is doing nothing to address the issue.

“When crude oil prices in the international market were quite high, the price of petrol in the country was Rs 65-68 per litre during the UPA government’s rule. But now crude oil prices have remained comparatively low yet prices skyrocketed in the NDA dispensation,” Pande said. He urged the government to reduce taxes to bring down the fuel prices.

Petrol in Delhi is at a 56-month peak and the price of diesel has crossed Rs 66 a litre for the first time, to a new all-time high.
Petrol prices are up by 17 paise a litre in Delhi and Mumbai, and 18 paise a litre in Kolkata and Chennai, according to the Indian Oil Corporation. Diesel prices have been raised by 21 paise a litre in Delhi, 5 paise in Kolkata, and 23 paise in Mumbai and Chennai.

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