A day after Opposition parties – led by the Congress – protested against the soaring costs of fuel and participated in Bharat Bandh, the price of petrol breached the Rs 90 mark in Maharashtra on Tuesday.
Petrol is being sold at Rs 90.05 per litre, highest in India, at Parbhani, a city located in the eastern Maharashtra, where diesel costs Rs 77.92 per litre.
In Mumbai, the price of petrol surged to Rs 88.26 per litre after an increase of 14 paise, while diesel rests at Rs 77.47 per litre.
On Monday, petrol prices had gone up to Rs 89.97 in Maharashtra’s Parbhani.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has termed the hike in petroleum products as a ‘momentary difficulty’ owing to an international crisis.
The BJP on Monday slammed the Congress and other opposition parties for the incidents of violence during the Bharat Bandh.
The BJP also claimed that the shutdown was “unsuccessful” because people understood the reasons why petrol and diesel prices were going up.
“Why are the people of India indifferent to Bharat Bandh? They understand the rise in fuel prices, though temporary, is because of factors beyond the control of the Indian government and ordinary indian. This is a problem whose solution is not in our hands,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
He said in spite of some “momentary difficulty”, the people didn’t support the Bandh.
“This is unnerving the Congress and other opposition parties. That is why they are resorting to violence,” he said.
“Bharat Bandh has been unsuccessful. We condemn the violence being used to instill fear among citizens across the country.”
Prasad said petrol and diesel prices were high due to the crisis in the international market and the NDA government had been working very hard to resolve people’s problems.