Fuel Prices Increased. Left declares Bharat Bandh on Monday

Anna Jefferson
September 11, 2018

While the Congress and other opposition parties claimed the bandh was a success, the BJP claimed it was a flop.

Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party along with other political parties held nation-wide protests yesterday against rising fuel prices.

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However, a transport department official said the DTC buses and cluster buses were running as usual and no reports of disruption were received so far. Petrol in Mumbai scaled to Rs 88.12, up 23 paise, while diesel was priced at Rs 77.32, up 23 paise, on Monday.

The prices of both petrol and diesel have been at their record high levels for around a week now, with the petrol price crossing the Rs 80 per litre mark on Saturday. President Sanjay Deshmukh told IANS that diesel prices also increased from Rs 77.92 to Rs 78.06 on Tuesday.

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"The BJP strongly believes that despite some momentary difficulties, the people of India do not support this protest", he said. "Time has come to change this government", said Singh. Stray incidents of violence were reported from various places. Protesters targeted buses and disrupted train traffic in parts of Maharashtra. The nationwide bandh has been called by the Congress over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee.

The BJP has accused the Opposition of indulging in vandalism to gain attention. "Diesel, petrol price rise is out of our hands because oil-producing countries have limited production", Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protests in Bihar's Jehanabad. The central government had raised excise duty on petrol by Rs 11.77 a litre and that on diesel by 13.47 a litre in nine installments between November 2014 and January 2016 to shore up finances as global oil prices fell, but then it cut the tax just once in October previous year by Rs 2 a litre. The government, he said, anticipates that worldwide oil prices, which together with a drop in the value of rupee has been fuelling the fuel price rise to record levels, will moderate in coming days to take pressure off. Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response in Punjab, Haryana The nationwide call of Opposition-sponsored "Bharat Bandh" against rising fuel prices evoked a mixed response in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh.

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