People troubled by fuel price hike, Modi govt should act: Mamata Banerjee

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Mamata Banerjee, File Photo

Kolkata, May 28: Urging Prime minister Narendra Modi-led government at centre to “act” on the surge in domestic petrol prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said agriculture and the common people were suffering because of the continuous hike. 

Banerjee said in a tweet”Fuel prices are increasing again and again. All are being badly affected: agriculture, transport and common people are being forced to bear a burden”.

“In spite of the grim situation, why isn’t the Central Govt taking any serious steps to find a solution? They need to act,” she wrote.

Starting from the national capital, prices of fuel in Mumbai and Chennai have already touched record levels and are only reaching new highs every single day.

This spike in fuel prices is largely attributed to the recent rise in crude oil prices and the high excise duty on the fuels in the country.

The price Brent crude oil, however, has declined around $3 per barrel in the past two days, which raises hopes of easing fuel prices. At present, Brent crude is priced around $76 per barrel.

Prices of diesel, the key transportation fuel, which are already at record levels across the major metropolitan cities increased to Rs 78.27 per litre, Rs 86.08,  Rs 80.76, Rs 81.11 on Monday in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai respectively.


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