BJP demands rollback in petrol prices

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Fuel Price increase
New Delhi, Sep 15: Terming the hike in petrol prices as "anti-people", BJP today demanded its rollback, alleging that the government''s argument of inflation going up due to growth had fallen flat as cost of essential commodities was going up while GDP was falling.

"BJP condemns this hike in petrol prices by Rs 3 per litre. We demand a roll back as this measure is against the common man. The UPA allies of Congress should also oppose this hike," party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Government today announced a hike of Rs 3 per litre in price of petrol.

Hussain said inflation has touched double digits and government argument of growth leading to increase in prices does not hold good as GDP is falling.

"The government is losing sleep due to its concern for profits of oil companies. This hike in petrol prices has been done for their benefit," Hussain said.

He alleged that while the attention of the masses is focused on the slew of corruption cases and scams being unearthed, the government has used this opportunity to hike petrol prices "on the sly".

PTI

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