Congress party will stage a nationwide protest on 11th June against the rising prices of petrol & diesel. It will hold a symbolic demonstration in front of petrol pumps across the country, news agency ANI reported.
Party workers will also protest against the rising inflation. The epicentre of the protests will be Rajasthan where the petrol price crossed ₹100-mark in February. “Due to wrong policies of the Centre, inflation has become uncontrollable in the country and the prices of all essential commodities, including petrol, diesel & cooking gas, are increasing at an unprecedented rate,” Congress president in Rajatasan, Govind Singh Dotasra said.
He also claimed that the price of crude oil in the international market in April 2014 was USD 108 per barrel and the price of petrol in the country was ₹71 per litre & diesel ₹57 per litre. But in June 2021, despite the price of crude oil being USD 61 per barrel, the price of petrol is ₹102.82 per litre & diesel ₹95.96 per litre, he said.
With brief pauses in between, fuel prices in the country have risen at an alarming rate over the last few months. In the domestic market, the prices of petrol and diesel have been increased three times in the last one week, starting from 1st June to 6th June.
It is to be noted that fuel prices differ from state to state depending on the incidence of local taxes such as value-added tax (VAT) & freight charges. Rajasthan levies the highest VAT on petrol in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh.
On Wednesday, diesel & Petrol saw a hike of 25 paise each. After the revision in prices, petrol was selling at ₹95.56 per litre, while diesel prices touched ₹86.47 in the national capital.