Express News Service
BENGALURU: With fuel costs touching an all-time excessive — petrol is about Rs 93/litre and diesel Rs 85/litre in Bengaluru — opposition events have lodged a robust protest, saying this may hit the widespread man’s pockets onerous, particularly with the Covid-19 pandemic main to job losses and pay cuts.Such costs are unacceptable when crude oil costs are at a low of $55 a barrel, they stated.
Opposition chief within the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge advised TNIE, “I condemn this authorities’s perspective. It is unlucky that PM Modiji has blamed the Congress for this after being in energy for seven years. High diesel costs have a cascading impact on farmers and the widespread man. Let me remind Modiji that one can’t idiot all of the folks on a regular basis.’’
Opposition chief Siddaramaiah stated, “Petrol has touched Rs 100 per litre. This spells catastrophe for the poor and center lessons. PM Narendra Modi is solely accountable for this. His authorities has failed to handle public finance and is now taxing folks to cowl the deficit. During the UPA regime, petrol value Rs 70 when crude oil was $110 a barrel. Now, petrol prices Rs 100 even when crude oil is about $55.’’
Former CM HD Kumaraswamy wished the federal government to reduce excise responsibility and levies. “PM Modi blaming previous regimes for the hike is not a statement a responsible person should make. The government needs to cut duties immediately, but it is more bothered about revenue collection. Due to the Covid pandemic, there has been a steep drop in earnings, besides job losses. How this will affect the poor and farmers is anybody’s guess.”
The Congress has threatened to maintain protests throughout the state if fuel costs don’t come down. MLC BK Hariprasad stated the federal government has proved it’s anti-farmer and anti-poor. Countering the assault, BJP General Secretary and Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh stated petrol price is highest in Rajasthan, a Congress-ruled state. “Let the Congress protest in Rajasthan first,” he stated.