Rates of petrol on Friday Rs. 77.83 per litre in Delhi, Rs. 85.65 in Mumbai, Rs.80.47 in Kolkata, and Rs. 80.80 in Chennai.
Fuel rates continued to rise for the 12th straight day on Friday, with petrol and diesel rates going up by 32 and 18 paise, respectively.
As per Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), petrol on Friday was being sold at Rs. 77.83 per litre in Delhi, Rs. 85.65 in Mumbai, Rs. 80.47 in Kolkata, and RS. 80.80 in Chennai. Whereas diesel was being sold at Rs. 68.75 in Delhi, Rs. 73.2 in Mumbai, Rs. 72.58 in Chennai, and Rs. 71.30 in Kolkata.
Domestic fuel rates are increasing as crude oil rates are also increasing at the international market. To add to the woes, the rupee is also weakening against the US dollar, that has affected the rupee-dollar exchange rate, as a result, more burden is put on the rates in the country.
Opposition parties are criticising the Central Government for the hike, which has been incessant since the conclusion of Karnataka Assembly elections.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi jeered at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday after he accepted an online fitness challenge thrown by Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli.
Rahul tweeted, urging the Prime Minister to take up the ‘fuel challenge’ to reduce the skyrocketing fuel prices.
“Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here’s one from me: Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response.”
Nonetheless, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday that the Center would take immediate steps to relieve the common people from the increasing fuel rates.