New Delhi: Prices of petrol and diesel continued to rise today even as the Congress observed a Bharat Bandh from 9 am to 3 pm over rising fuel prices. Both petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 23 paise after which a litre of petrol costs ₹ 88.12 in Mumbai while diesel costs ₹ 77.32. Fuel prices vary from state to state due to taxes and it is the highest in Mumbai.
In Delhi, petrol costs ₹ 80.73 and diesel ₹ 72.83. In Bengaluru, petrol price is ₹ 83.36 and diesel is ₹ 75.18. In Hyderabad, petrol costs ₹ 85.60 and diesel ₹ 79.22. In Chennai, petrol costs ₹ 83.91 and diesel ₹ 76.98. In Kolkata, petrol costs ₹ 83.61 and diesel ₹ 75.68.
In Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi led the protest from Rajghat. The impact of Bharat Bandh is so far seen in various pockets of several states like Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Although the Shiv Sena has not joined the strike in Maharashtra but Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has extended its full fledged support to the Bharat Bandh.
Just a day ahead of the Bharat Bandh, BJP-ruled Rajasthan has reduced VAT on petrol and diesel by 4%. The move by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will lead to a reduction in the two automobile fuel prices by ₹ 2.5 per litre.
Congress has been demanding that to combat the rising fuel prices the central government must reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel. Another demand is to bring it under the ambit of GST which will ensure that prices are uniform across the country. The finance ministry has already rejected it.
Since mid-August, petrol price has risen by over ₹ 3.5 a litre and diesel by about ₹ 4 per litre as rupee hit record low against the US dollar, making imports costlier. Global crude oil prices also continue to be under pressure.