Fuel prices rise again, petrol nears Rs 90 in Mumbai

Fuel prices rise again, petrol nears Rs 90 in Mumbai

According to petroleum dealers in the State, compared to Friday's price, petrol on Saturday cost 41 paise more while diesel price rose 48 paise a litre.

Aday after Opposition-led Bharat Bandh, fuel prices continued to rise on Tuesday with petrol being sold at Rs 80.87 and diesel at Rs 72.97 per litre in the national capital.

The other highest centres include Nanded where petrol was retailing at Rs 89.93 per litre and diesel Rs 77.90, and Amravati Rs 89.93 and Rs 78.84. Value-Added Tax varies amongst states.

With the title "Truth of hike in petroleum prices", the ruling party with the help of bar diagrams explained that the percentage increase in the rise of fuels in 2018 is less than the increase during the previous two terms.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and estranged Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav also joined the protest. "The Rs 45,000 crore belongs to the youth and farmers of the country", he said.

Calling the hike in prices of petroleum products a "momentary difficulty" due to the global crisis, the BJP on Monday condemned incidents of violence during the Bharat Bandh. The need of the hour is for different parties to set aside their differences and come together.

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The Arvind Kenriwal-led party said that it is supporting the "cause" but has not expressed support for the Congress-led bandh. "Under Modi, the country has reached a low", Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said while inaugurating his party's protest in Kochi. "Wherever you go, they divide people - one religion against another, one caste against another and one State pitted against the other", he added.Sporadic incidents of violence were reported in several States. Protesters targeted buses and disrupted train traffic in parts of Maharashtra.

In Kollam, agitated Congress workers protested outside the Head Post office, demanding that it should be closed.

The BJP has accused the Opposition of indulging in vandalism to gain attention.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday blamed Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the surge in worldwide prices of crude and said that the solution for the fuel price hike in not in government hands. Petrol pumps and buses being set ablaze, putting to risk lives. Rajasthan had also reduced the taxes on both, diesel and petrol.

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.

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