The fuel prices of petrol and diesel were increased by 40 paise a litre on Monday, taking the overall increase in the last two weeks to ₹8.40. This was the 12th increase in petrol and diesel prices by state-owned fuel retailers in two weeks.
In Delhi, petrol and diesel are being sold at ₹103.81 per litre (down from ₹103.41 previously) and the rates for both types of fuel have gone up from ₹94.67 to ₹95.07 per litre.
There are different rates from state to state depending on the incidence of local taxation.
In Mumbai, the petrol and diesel prices are ₹118.83 and ₹103.07, respectively.
Opposition parties have been targeting the central government over the continued rise in fuel prices since the ending of a four-and-a-half-month long hiatus in rate revision on March 22. Under its ‘Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ against price rises, Congress is organising rallies and marches across the country.
On Sunday, the ruling AAP party blasted the Centre over an “exponential” increase in fuel prices and accused it of “looting” the public.
The Punjab finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema said, “By constantly increasing the prices of petrol and diesel just after the assembly elections in five states, the Modi government is robbing the general public.”
The senior AAP leader said that the central government is increasing the prices of essential items, which are impacting the lives of people in India. He added that it is very unfortunate that instead of providing relief to the public, the government is making things worse for everyone.