Petrol, Diesel prices rose yet again by 80 paisa

This is the 13th increase in prices since the ending of a four-and-half-month long hiatus in rate revision on March 22.

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New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices were on Tuesday, April 5, hiked by 80 paise a litre each, taking the total increase in rates in the last two weeks to Rs 9.20 per litre.

Petrol in Delhi will now cost Rs 104.61 per litre as against Rs 103.81 previously, while diesel rates have gone up from Rs 95.07 per litre to Rs 95.87, according to a price notification of state fuel retailers.

Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state depending upon the incidence of local taxation.

This is the 13th increase in prices since the ending of a four-and-half-month long hiatus in rate revision on March 22.

In all, petrol and diesel prices have gone up by Rs 9.20 per litre.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Monday flayed the BJP-led central government for “skyrocketing” prices of commodities, and urged it to call an all-party meeting to find solutions to ongoing economic problems.

Banerjee also alleged that the Union government allowed steep price hikes of petrol and diesel to divert attention from the atrocities carried out by the saffron party in non-BJP states.

“The Centre has no plans to deal with the rise in prices of commodities. The BJP is responsible for this crisis; it’s their return gift to the country after winning the Uttar Pradesh elections, she told reporters at the state secretariat.

“Instead of using agencies like the CBI and ED against opposition parties, the Centre must convene an all-party meeting to resolve the ongoing economic problems,” the chief minister added.

She also criticised the Union government for not acting against smuggling of coal and cattle from “states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh” through Bengal to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“Why should I have to face problems with regards to this? Vehicles illegally carrying coal and cattle arrive from other states and pass through Bengal. Why is the Centre not bothered about it,” Banerjee said.

Commenting on the evacuation of around 17,000 students from war-ravaged Ukraine, Banerjee said the Union government must clear the air over the future of their education in India.

“As far as Bengal is concerned, I will appeal to the Medical Council of India to allow us to offer internships to students hailing from the state, who have returned from Ukraine”, she said.

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