The milking of the sector for revenue has gone to such an extent that common consumers have turned the beast of burden carrying the load of higher central and state taxes and paying for jacked up auto fuel prices at a time when global oil prices remain moderate after the historic pricing crash witnessed in early May.
In Mumbai, the petrol and diesel continue to be priced at Rs 87.14 per litre and Rs 78.51 per litre respectively while in Kolkata, petrol and diesel are being sold at Rs 82.05 per litre and 75.52 per litre. "Hike in petrol and diesel prices will have to be reversed", he demanded. They have provisioned for garnering lakhs of crores by hiking excise duty on petrol and diesel in the last three months. Collection of levy is Rs 30 per liter, they have reduced it by Rs10 or 15 per liter so that rise on petrol would be lowered. Similarly, diesel attracts 63 per cent or Rs 49.43 per litre as taxes, including Rs 31.83 as excise duty and Rs 17.60 as VAT.
This was followed by a fuel price increase in June, just when relaxed regulations saw more people back on the road.
Sonia, in a video message, said the government has since the imposition of the nationwide lockdown on March 25 increased the prices of petrol and diesel 22 times.
Other opposition parties have also been staging protests against rising fuel prices in different states.
Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot with Congress leaders at a protest in Jaipur against the fuel price hike. "Today the price of petrol in the national capital Delhi and other big cities have crossed Rs 80 a litre", Gandhi said accusing the government of being insensitive.
Fuel prices are revised by state-owned oil marketers on a daily basis, based on worldwide oil prices, forex rate and central, state/ local taxes.
Congress leaders in Mysuru staged a protest in front of the party office. "In such a scenario, the recent increase in petrol and diesel prices has not impacted the common man".
"Not once but 22 times they raised the prices of petrol and diesel".
The Congress party had termed the increase in price of petrol and diesel as "unjust" and "thoughtless" and urged the Central government to roll back the increase with immediate effect and pass on the benefit of low oil prices directly to people.
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