Kerala comes to a standstill on Bharat Bandh day

Increasing Continuously Fuel prices reach new high

Amid Bharat Bandh call, petrol-diesel prices touch new high: Check todays rate

Meanwhile, the increase pushed the petrol price in Delhi to Rs 80.38 per litre.

In Delhi, the prices of petrol and diesel were both hiked by 14 paise.

However, many feel that by attributing the price hike only on global factors must be taken with a pinch of salt, the BJP government is trying to shrug away its own responsibility of bringing fuel prices under the ambit of the Goods and the Services Tax (GST). On May 16, 2014, the petrol price was Rs 71.41 which took the percentage increase to 75.8.

However, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party did not join the Opposition protests in Delhi. A statement by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions called upon all its members to back the Bandh call against the "unprecedented economic burden being imposed by the BJP-led Modi government on the people".

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Rajasthan government has already announced a four percentage point cut in VAT on petrol and diesel, while Andhra Pradesh announced a Rs 2 cut in petrol and diesel prices on Monday by slashing sales tax on the fuels.

A day after the Congress and 21 other parties staged a nation-wide protest against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee and blamed the Narendra Modi-led NDA government for it, petrol prices on Tuesday breached the psychological barrier of Rs 90 in the BJP-ruled Maharashtra - a new record in India. While the dharna was on, Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy met the Prime Minister seeking a relief of Rs. 1,199 crore for flood-hit districts of the State.

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), in defense of the rising angst against high fuel prices, released an infograph on Monday showing how the percentage growth of increase in diesel prices has been lower as compared to United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) time (2004-14). Other Opposition leaders included Trinamool Congress' Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh, Janata Dal (Secular) leader Danish Ali and Rashtriya Lok Dal's Jayant Chaudhary. Modiji used to move around the country saying that petrol prices are going up, diesel prices are going up.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is among the strongest critics of BJP, said she "in principle" supported the issue on which the Bharat Bandh was called but not the bandh. "Diesel, petrol price rise is out of our hands because oil-producing countries have limited production", Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

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