Ahead of the Congress party preparing for a nation-wide bandh on Monday, protesting against steep hike in the prices of petrolium products, for the first time in the history, the price of petrol has crossed the mark of Rs 80 New Delhi, today.
With an increase of 39 paise this morning, petrol was being sold at Rs 80.38 per litre in the national capital. It was sold at Rs 79.99 yesterday. Meanwhile, the price of diesel has been hiked by 44 paise and was priced at Rs 72.51 per litre in Delhi. In Mumbai, petrol became dearer by 48 paise and was being sold at Rs 87.77 per litre, while diesel is now priced at Rs 76.98 per litre.
Expressing government’s helplessness in checking petrolium prices, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the hike in fuel prices is mainly due to depreciation of rupee against the dollar.
Though he is suggesting to bring petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), so that to check price rise, he is silent on government’s initiative in this regard. In the past one month, prices of diesel have increased by nearly Rs 4 per litre and that of petrol by Rs 3 per litre.