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Truth of hike: BJP talks about percentage increase in petrol, diesel prices

Hike in fuel prices for third consecutive day Petrol prices hit new high, Rs.87.77 per litre in Mumbai: Check today’s rate
Laurie Berry | 11 September, 2018, 07:15

According to oil companies, petrol at refinery gate costs around Rs 40.50 a litre and diesel Rs 43.

On March 1 this year, the state had secured a litre of petrol for Rs 54.60. Today, the price at which the state gets a litre of petrol is Rs 58.25.

While the price of petrol crossed the Rs 80 per litre mark in the capital on Saturday, in Pune, it further increased to Rs 87.77 per litre and diesel was sold at Rs 75.79 per litre. Diesel became dearer by 10 paise per litre to set a new high. However, as the bars in the infographic sought to depict the prices of petrol and diesel, it went wrong by using a smaller bar to denote a higher price.

Amid calls for a cut in fuel prices, some states announced cuts in their taxes.

Mumbai has the highest tax rates among the metros.

The Congress is observing a nationwide protest today after calling for a Bharat Bandh over rising petrol and diesel prices in the country.

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In Delhi, it was for the first time ever as fuel prices continued a record-setting run precipitated by a fall in the value of the rupee and rising global crude oil prices. The government is of the view that a weak rupee along with high worldwide crude oil prices can impact fiscal deficit as well as current account deficit.

This is the biggest increase in rates in any fortnight since the daily price revision was introduced in mid-June past year.

With the title "Truth of hike in petroleum prices", the ruling party with the help of bar diagrams explained that the percentage increase in the rise of fuels in 2018 is less than the increase during the previous two terms.

On Tuesday, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram had stated that the "Relentless rise in prices of petrol and diesel is not inevitable. If taxes are cut, prices will decline significantly".

The Centre on Monday ruled out an immediate reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel but indicated that it could consider options of selling NRI bonds or deposit schemes to foreigners to stem the slide in the rupee.

Among the 29 Indian states and the union territory of Delhi, Kerala has the ninth highest sales tax and other state levies on petrol at 30.37 per cent; it is highest in Mumbai at 39.12 per cent (down from 48.98 per cent early this year).

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