Chidambaram targets Centre, says Petrol price can be cut by Rs 25 per litre

P Chidambaram

New Delhi, May 23: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday criticised the Centre for the surge in fuel price and claimed that the rate can be reduced by Rs 25 per litre but the government is not doing it.

In a series of tweets, the former Union Finance Minister cornered the Narendra Modi government saying “It is possible to cut upto Rs 25 per litre, but the government will not. They will cheat the people by cutting price by Rs 1 or 2 per litre of petrol”.

“Bonanza to central government is Rs 25 on every litre of petrol. This money rightfully belongs to the average consumer”, he added.

He further stated “Centre saves Rs 15 on every litre of petrol due to fall in crude oil prices. The central government imposes an additional tax of Rs 10 on every litre of petrol”.

Across the four metro cities, prices increased around 30 paise on Tuesday. In Delhi and Mumbai, the fuel was sold at Rs 76.87 and Rs 84.70 per litre, up from Rs Rs 76.57 and Rs 84.40 respectively on Monday.

While on Wednesday, A litre of petrol in Mumbai was retailing at Rs 84.99, while in Delhi at Rs 77.17.

Despite the constant price rise, no solution from the central government has been offer yet. However, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and had said that the necessary steps would be taken but the rally in petrol and diesel prices are already burning a hole in the common man’s pocket.


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