NEW DELHI: Congress has criticized the government for raising the price of oil during this difficult time and demanded immediate withdrawal and benefits to consumers.
Repeated and “unfair” increase in central excise duty on petrol and diesel has caused unbearable pain and agony on the people of India, said Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala.
“Congress has demanded that the Modi government completely revoke the excise duty on petrol and diesel during the Corona period.
“The Congress should demand the immediate withdrawal of petrol-diesel price and excise duty hike on March 5, 2020 and this benefit to the people of India at this difficult time,” Surjewala said in a statement.
He demanded that the profits of reduced international crude oil prices be delivered to the public and that petrol, diesel and LPG gas be reduced.
The Congress leader reiterated the party’s demand for petrol and diesel to be covered by the GST.
The whole country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are looking for some sort of relief and financial help in these challenging times, Surjewala said.
He said the BJP government was “running away” by increasing fuel prices on a daily basis but refusing to share the benefits of lower crude prices with people.
“The brutal government is increasing the prices of petrol and diesel every day, but imposing high tariffs on petrol and diesel. The government has increased petrol and diesel prices 14 and 13 times in the last 16 days from November 19, 2020,” he said.
The Congress general secretary said that the Modi government is constantly raising prices of petrol and diesel.
When the BJP took office in May 2014, the excise duty on petrol was Rs 9.20 per liter. And diesel is priced at Rs 3.46 per liter, but the Center’s BJP government has increased excise duty in the last six years. And diesel is priced at Rs 28.37 per liter.
This is a “shocking 820 per cent increase” in excise duty on diesel and a “258 per cent increase in excise duty on petrol,” Surjewala said.
“The Modi government has raised excise duty on petrol and diesel in the last 6.5 years by raising the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 19,00,000 crore. Has said.
The price of petrol in Delhi was Rs 83 per liter for the first time in two years after the international oil price rally caused a 13th hike in prices in the last fortnight.
Oil companies have raised petrol prices by 27 paise per liter and diesel by 25 paise per liter on Saturday.
In Delhi, petrol prices have gone up from Rs 82.86 to Rs 83.13. Diesel rates have increased from Rs 73.07 per liter to Rs 73.32 per liter.
This is the highest rate for petrol and diesel since September 2018, and the 13th rate increase since November 20, when oil companies resumed daily price revisions after a nearly 20-month hiatus.

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