“Shut Down Petroleum Ministry”: Akhilesh Yadav On Fuel Price Hike

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav slammed the Centre for petrol-diesel price hike. He said “petroleum ministry should be shut down”. He launched an attacked on the BJP over what he described as heedless inflation, accusing the Centre of ‘robbing the people’ and ‘making them poor’ via surge in fuel prices.

Slamming the petroleum ministry he tweeted, “If no government regulations, administration or management can control this reckless hike in fuel prices, and if everything is up to the market then what is the use of petroleum ministry? These ministries should be shut down with immediate effect.”

The opposition took a swipe on the Centre after the petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday addressing at the Lok Sabha said that hike in petrol prices in India are linked to the surge in international prices caused by the Ukraine war.

“We are not the only country impacted by the war. The surge in fuel prices in India is 1/10th of the price hike in other countries. The prices in the US, UK, France, Germany and Spain have increased by 51 per cent, but in India the hike is merely 5 per cent,” Puri said.

Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also highlighted that the price of fuel has shot up several times in the international market after Russia Ukraine war. She cited war as reason of fuel price hike.

Though fuel prices remained unchanged for the third straight day on Saturday, there was a constant rise after a 4-month long hiatus that ended on March 22 after the BJP’s victory in the assembly elections in five states. Petrol and diesel prices were last hiked by 80 paise a litre on Wednesday, taking the total increase in rates in 16 days to ₹10 per litre.

The Opposition is continuously slamming the Centre for fuel price hike. Congress is accusing BJP government of ‘tax-gouging’, torturing the public, 

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