BJP pulls up Govt., demands rollback of hike in petrol, diesel prices

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 14:50 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government over its decision to hike petrol price by Rs 1.50 per litre and diesel price by 45 paise a litre with effect from midnight tonight, saying this is absolutely atrocious and will increase the prices of all commodities.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said this is absolutely unacceptable, and added that the petrol and diesel prices increased by the government are totally unacceptable because already the Centre has taken it to the height.

"In last one year, the petrol prices were raised by twelve rupees, the diesel prices were raised by eight rupees. And now, the government wants to increase it further by ten rupees diesel and ten rupees petrol. This is absolutely atrocious. This will increase the prices of all commodities, all transports and people will really be paying heavily. The farmers, the fishermen and everybody will be suffering because of this diesel price hike," said Javadekar.

"The government's intentions are very clear. We oppose this, we immediately demand the rollback. And we will raise this issue because this affects the lives of the people in the Parliament and outside the Parliament. This is absolutely unacceptable," he added.

New rates for petrol in Delhi would be Rs 69.05 per litre, while a litre of diesel will cost Rs 48.16.

Petrol price was last revised on January 18 when the price was cut by 30 paise to Rs 67.26 a litre in Delhi. (ANI)

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