Upward journey continues - petrol touches Rs.90.11 in Maharashtra

Upward journey continues - petrol touches Rs.90.11 in Maharashtra

Upward journey continues - petrol touches Rs.90.11 in Maharashtra

Petrol and diesel prices scaled new all-time highs on Monday as the prices of the two fuels were jacked up by another 23 paise and 22 paise per litre, respectively. Diesel was priced at Rs 77.47 per litre in Mumbai on Tuesday.

In other metro cities, too, fuel prices continued to soar.

Apart from Delhi, various Opposition parties held protest marches across the country. A statement by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions called upon all its members to back the Bandh call against the "unprecedented economic burden being imposed by the BJP-led Modi government on the people".

The Bharat Bandh called by the Congress and Left on Monday against rising fuel prices and tumbling rupee evoked mixed response in the country as the opposition closed its ranks against the Modi government.

A day after the Congress and 21 other parties staged a nation-wide protest against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee and blamed the Narendra Modi-led NDA government for it, petrol prices on Tuesday breached the psychological barrier of Rs 90 in the BJP-ruled Maharashtra - a new record in India. Also in attendance were former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The fuel rates have been on fire since mid-August, rising nearly every day due to a drop in rupee value and rise in crude oil rates. Other Opposition leaders included Trinamool Congress' Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh, Janata Dal (Secular) leader Danish Ali and Rashtriya Lok Dal's Jayant Chaudhary.

Condemning the statement of the union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan that the petroleum prices were increased due to hike petroleum prices in worldwide market and increase in Value-Added Tax by state governments, Naidu said such statements were far from truth and were aimed only to mislead the people.

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. "Who is responsible?" BJP President Amit Shah also met Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to discuss the rising fuel price issue.

Calling the hike in prices of petroleum products a "momentary difficulty" due to the worldwide crisis, the BJP on Monday condemned incidents of violence during the Bharat Bandh.

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