New Delhi: The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left parties condemned the move by the government to allow the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to raise diesel prices in increments to bring them closer to market rates.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javedakar described the move as an anti-people measure.
“This is a disguised attempt to increase the prices of diesel through back channels. It will have an adverse impact on farmers and the transport sector. This will have a cascading effect,” he said.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM leader Prakash Karat said the move constituted another attack on the public. “First the prices of petrol went up and now prices of diesel will go up,” he said.
Javedakar said the increase in the limit on subsidized gas cylinders to nine from six was a farce.
“It’s not a big relief. Earlier, the people used to get 18 subsidized cylinders or cylinders as per their requirement. We want government to stop rationing of gas,” he said.