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Manickam Tagore moves adjournment motion in Lok Sabha to discuss fuel price hike

New Delhi [India], March 31 (ANI): Congress MP Manickam Tagore on Thursday gave an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha for discussing “the non-stop hike in the prices of petrol and diesel” in the country.

Fuel prices continue to rise with petrol and diesel rates going up by another 80 paise per litre each on Thursday, netting an increase of about Rs 6.40 a litre in nine revisions in 10 days so far.

In his motion of adjournment, Tagore said, “I hereby give notice of my intention to ask for leave to move a motion of adjournment to the House for the purpose of discussing the non-stop hike in the prices of petrol and diesel for the last two weeks and to direct the Government to take action to reduce the prices.”

In the national capital, petrol now costs Rs 101.81 per litre, while diesel is selling at Rs 93.07 per litre. In Mumbai, the petrol and diesel prices have gone up by 84 paise, thus costing Rs 116.72 and Rs 100.94 per litre.

There had been a pause in the revision of fuel prices since November 4 last year, which was broken on March 22, following the crude oil going upwards in the wake of the Russian military operations in Ukraine.

Prices are set to be raised further given the sharp jump in crude oil prices in the international markets. It will have a cascading impact on the prices of other items and lead to inflationary pressure and hurt growth.

Meanwhile, Congress has decided to launch a nationwide programme ‘Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ against price rise under which it will organise rallies and marches across the country from March 31 to April 7.

Notably, on November 3 last year the Centre had cut excise duty by Rs 5 per litre on petrol and Rs 10 per litre on diesel to bring down the retail prices across the country.

Following this, several state governments had reduced Value-Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to provide relief to people. (ANI)

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