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Congress demanded that the Modi government should reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by 35 per cent. Representational image

Petrol, diesel prices hiked after 137 days; LPG dearer by Rs 50

The prices of petrol, diesel and domestic cooking gas (LPG) were hiked across the country on Tuesday, March 22. The revision of rates in fuel prices comes after a gap of over four months.

Petrol and diesel prices were increased by 80 paise per litre while an LPG cylinder now costs Rs 50 more, PTI reported.

Fuel prices were not hiked since November 4, 2021, due to Assembly elections in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur. Now, prices have increased after 137 days.

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In Delhi, petrol will now cost Rs 96.21 per litre while diesel is Rs 87.47 per litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. In Mumbai, the petrol price has been hiked by Rs 0.84 per litre to Rs 110.82, and diesel by Rs 0.86 to Rs 95.

In Chennai, petrol costs Rs 102.16 per litre and diesel Rs 92.19. In Kolkata, petrol is priced at Rs 105.51 per litre and diesel at Rs 90.62.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties protested the latest fuel price and LPG hikes in both Houses of Parliament. Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon as they disrupted the proceedings. In the Lok Sabha, they staged a walkout demanding a rollback.

Raising the issue after Question Hour, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the opposition parties had been claiming that the prices of diesel and petrol would increase after the election process.

Members of the Congress, TMC, NCP, DMK and Left parties raised slogans from their seats against the fuel price hike and demanded a rollback.

The opposition parties had tried to raise the issue as soon as Lok Sabha met for Question Hour, but were disallowed by Speaker Om Birla.

Birla had told the opposition parties to raise the issue after Question Hour.

On Twitter, Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Mallikarjun Kharge slammed the Narendra Modi government.

“Congratulations to PM Modiji for achieving his ‘target’ of Rs 1,000 per LPG cylinder in most parts of the country. There will now be daily ‘Vikas’ in petrol and diesel prices as well. The only affordable things under Modi Govt are communalism & Hatred. Everything else is expensive,” he tweeted.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in Hindi, “Another gift of inflation from the BJP government for the public… LPG cylinder in Lucknow is close to Rs 1,000 and in Patna above Rs 1,000! Elections over, inflation begins.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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