On Monday, Fuel prices were slashed for the fourth straight day and petrol & diesel prices were cut by 18-23 paise per litre across major cities of the country. Petrol price in the national capital Delhi has now fallen below ₹70 per litre mark and diesel has descended below the ₹64 per litre mark.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday, blamed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government for the low fuel prices for rising pollution. Fuel available at low prices would lead to more vehicles running on the street, resulting in an increase in the level of pollution in the capital city.
Aam Aadmi Party calling it Vendetta politics. CM Kejriwal also showed his apprehensions about the increase in road accidents due to lower fuel prices. Sources say that the Delhi govt may increase VAT to ensure that prices are high enough to discourage people to use their own vehicles.
A few days back when fuel prices reached the ₹80 mark, Congress announced Bharat Bandh and blamed Modi government’s policy, but now when the fuel prices are below than what it used to be in UPA2 regime, Congressis have chosen to stay silent and not pay credit where it’s due.