The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday condemned the diesel price hike, and alleged that the Congress-led UPA Government has with this move expressed its full intent to devastate the life of a common man in this country.
"Today, the government has decided to raise the price of diesel. Now, diesel is a commodity, which affects the farmers, who use it for tractors, who use it for pumping set, who use it for electricity generation, who use it for small generator sets. And it is also used by public means of transport which is used by labourers, which is used by school teachers, which is used by school going children, it is used by industrial employees, it is used by a common man. By raising the prices of diesel again, the government has expressed its full intent to devastate the life of a common man in this country," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
"The BJP's National Council, which is meeting in Delhi, condemns the action of the government and betrayal of the people of this country when the budget has been presented, they have chosen to raise the prices of petrol and diesel. This is unacceptable, the Bharatiya Janata Party condemns it and the National Council of the Bharatiya Janata Party fully condemns the action of the government," he added.
Rudy further said the allegations levelled by the BJP that the Union Budget for 2013-14 presented by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in Parliament is a verbose and an attempt to mislead the people of this country has come true.
"The Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, had presented the budget for 2013-14 two days back in Parliament. And we had said that the whole exercise is in vain, it's a lack lustre exercise, it's a verbose and it is an attempt to mislead the people of this country. I think the statement and the charges made by the Bharatiya Janata Party have come true," said Rudy.
"While only two days of the budget has passed, the government yesterday decided to raise the prices of petrol by Rs. 1.40 paise (per litre) affecting the middle class who use cars and motorcycles for their own purpose," he added.
Diesel price for bulk consumers like Railways has been hiked by almost a rupee per litre, while the price of cooking gas (LPG) is cut by Rs. 37.50 a cylinder that consumers buy beyond their quota of subsidised bottles. Neither the retail prices of diesel sold through petrol pumps nor rates for subsidised LPG cylinders has been changed.
Petrol price was yesterday hiked by Rs. 1. 40 per litre.
Petrol in Delhi now costs Rs. 70.74 per litre, while in Mumbai it costs Rs. 77.66 per litre.
The new rate of petrol in Chennai is Rs. 73.95 per litre, while in Kolkata it is Rs. 78.34 per litre
The rates have been revised following the rise in international oil prices and depreciation in rupee. The previous petrol price hike was Rs. Rs 1.50 per litre, excluding VAT, on February 16. (ANI)