As petrol and diesel prices continue to increase unabated, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday sent a stern message to the government led by his party at the Centre saying, it was an ‘exploitation’ of the public.
“Petrol should not be more than Rs 48 per litre. Everything else is an exploitation,” Swamy said in Mumbai on a day when petrol reached a record high of Rs 79.15 per litre in Delhi, where it is the cheapest compared to all metro cities and most of the state capitals.
Surging fuel prices have left common people perturbed. In the national capital, petrol is being sold Rs.0.31 higher at Rs 79.15 per litre, while diesel prices have been hiked by Rs.0.39 to a price of Rs 71.15 per litre.
In Mumbai, petrol price has breached the Rs 86 mark, and was being sold at Rs 86.56 per litre (increased by Rs 0.31 per litre) while diesel spurted to a new high of Rs 75.54 per litre (increase by Rs 0.44 per litre).
On Sunday, the price of petrol was Rs 78.84 per litre in Delhi and that of diesel was Rs 70.76 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol was sold at Rs 86.25 per litre and diesel at Rs 75.12 per litre.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the rise in fuel prices in the country was temporary, adding that a rise in global crude oil prices was responsible for the price surge in India.
There has been a steep increase in fuel prices since August 16, after the rupee hit a record low of 71 against the US dollar.
(With inputs from agencies)
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