Bharat bandh: Opposition parties observe shutdown across states against rising fuel prices

Bharat bandh: Opposition parties observe shutdown across states against rising fuel prices

The Congress is observing a nationwide protest today after calling for a Bharat Bandh over rising petrol and diesel prices in the country.

Fuel prices continued to rise on Monday, with the price of petrol touching Rs 88.12 a litre - an increase of Rs 0.23 a litre - in Mumbai, reported ANI.

Similarly, petrol is being sold for ₹83.54 per litre in Chennai and the diesel retail price is ₹76.64 per litre. In Delhi, a litre of petrol will cost you Rs 80.50, while in Mumbai the situation is worse with Rs 87.89 per litre.

The Centre on Monday ruled out an immediate reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel but indicated that it could consider options of selling NRI bonds or deposit schemes to foreigners to stem the slide in the rupee.

The Congress leader also attacked the BJP for not discussing these people's issues at the ruling party's two-day national executive in Delhi that concluded on Sunday.

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"The objective to observe bandhwas not to trouble people, but to fight for their cause as they are living in the most trying times", said Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao, according to NDTV.

Through these graphics, the BJP contended that the percentage increase in the prices of petrol and diesel was higher during the UPA regime (2004-2014) than during the NDA one (2014-present). Fuel prices in Delhi are the cheapest among all metros and most State capitals due to lower taxes.

However, many feel that by attributing the price hike only on worldwide factors must be taken with a pinch of salt, the BJP government is trying to shrug away its own responsibility of bringing fuel prices under the ambit of the Goods and the Services Tax (GST). On this price, the state had imposed a total of Rs 21.84 as sales tax and dealer's commission. Delhi charges a Value-Added Tax of 27 per cent on petrol and 17.24 per cent on diesel. "Even states like Bihar, Kerala and Punjab are not in a position to cut state levies on petrol/diesel", the official said. Earlier, petrol prices were revised every fortnight, meaning that unlike now, the prices changed on the 1st and 16th of every month.

India is witnessing a surge in the prices of diesel and petrol like never before. Here is the case of petrol: from Rs 9.20 a litre it shot up to Rs 19.48 per litre for petrol.

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