Hartal byte: Kerala has higher fuel prices than metros

Petrol and diesel prices are revised daily by state-run oil firms

Petrol and diesel prices are revised daily by state-run oil firms

According to one of the graphics, the petrol price on May 16, 2004, was Rs 33.71 while on May 16, 2009, it was Rs 40.62. Now, three months after, the prices are Rs 84.06, and Rs 77.98.

On March 1 this year, the state had secured a litre of petrol for Rs 54.60. "A cut in oil taxes will add to the fiscal deficit". Here is the case of petrol: from Rs 9.20 a litre it shot up to Rs 19.48 per litre for petrol. Petrol is being sold today at Rs 80.87 per litre, and diesel at Rs 72.97 per litre. The people of Parbhani will be praying the state government steps in and announces a tax cut, even if the Centre refuses to budge. This comes a day after top sources in Finance Ministry ruled out any cut in levies in the near future to ease the common man's pain, claiming there was "no scope for a cut in excise duty by the Centre and [the] Value-Added Tax charged by the states".

Meanwhile, Rajasthan government announced a 4 per cent cut in the state VAT on petrol and diesel on Sunday to reduce their prices by Rs 2.5 per litre in the state, while Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced a reduction of tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 a litre, to reduce the burden on common caused by zooming fuel prices.

21 Opposition parties has unitedly called "Bharat Band" on Monday to protest the hike in fuel prices and depreciation in Rupee, against the BJP-led government. BJP's official handles, however, released a faulty graph on social media.

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"Fuel prices have disturbed the budget of every household". In Mumbai, petrol and diesel rates touched a new high of Rs 88.26 and Rs 77.47 per litre respectively. Diesel, too, is not far behind.

This is a protest against the wrong policies of PM Narendra Modi which has also led to the rupee reaching record lows, said Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Monday said it was time for all opposition parties to shed their differences and move forward unitedly "to save" sovereignty and democracy in the country. "Time has come to change this government", said Singh. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Diesel, petrol price rise is out of our hands because oil-producing countries have limited production".

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