The Congress leader said that the people of the country have been battling against Covid-19 for the last 15 months due to the wrong policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre.
"On one hand they could not get medicines and health facilities at the right time, on the other, they have been suffering because of the failing economy and widespread unemployment," he said in a statement.
"Instead of sympathising with the problems of the commoners, the BJP government has decided to disregard the sufferings of the people and continue to inflict pain by raising the prices of petrol and diesel every other day," he said.
The BJP government has increased excise duty by ₹23.87 per litre on petrol and ₹28.37 on diesel in comparison to the previous UPA regime, Venugopal said.
"Because of the wrong policies and hefty taxes, petrol prices in many parts of the country have crossed ₹100 per litre these days, while diesel prices are on the verge of reaching ₹100 per litre," said Venugopal.
After the increase, a litre of petrol in Delhi is retailing at ₹95.85, whereas diesel costs ₹86.75 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol is being sold at ₹102.04 per litre, while diesel has reached ₹94.15 per litre.
Petrol is retailing above the ₹100 per litre mark in six states and union territories -- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Ladakh.
Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan near the border with Pakistan has the costliest fuel in the country -- petrol is priced at ₹106.94 a litre and diesel at ₹99.80.
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