Congress workers protest at petrol pumps in Delhi, demand complete roll-back of fuel price hike
In line with the party's symbolic protest, Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Shakti Singh Gohil arrived at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium petrol pump on a horse cart
New Delhi: Congress leaders and party workers on Friday held symbolic protests at petrol pumps in several parts of the city, demanding a complete rollback of fuel price hike.
Party leaders KC Venugopal and Shakti Singh Gohil arrived at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium petrol pump on a horse cart. Venugopal said that under the UPA government, the tax on petrol and diesel stood at Rs 9.20. Now, it is Rs 32.
"The government should stop imposing excise duty on petrol and diesel. It should come under the purview of Goods and Services Tax. We demand a complete rollback of fuel price hike," Venugopal, who is the Congress general secretary, said.
Ajay Maken led a protest against rising fuel prices at petrol pumps in Rajinder Nagar and Janpath. Party leaders said protests are being held at petrol pumps across the county by local units in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Petrol and diesel prices were hiked again on Friday by 31 paise per litre and 28 paise per litre, respectively. A litre of petrol in Delhi costs Rs 95.85, whereas diesel costs Rs 86.75 per litre.
Petrol prices have crossed the Rs 100 per litre mark in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Ladakh.
Sri Ganganagar district in Rajasthan has the costliest fuel in the country with petrol priced at Rs 106.94 a litre and diesel at Rs 99.80.
After being hiked 27 times, the petrol price has risen by Rs 6.82 per litre and diesel by Rs 7.24 a litre
Petrol rates are presently above Rs 100 in six states and UTs — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Ladakh
Fuel prices: In Kolkata, a litre of petrol costs Rs 96.34 while the same quantity of diesel is priced at Rs 90.12 in the city