Punjab hikes petrol price by 92 paise per litre, diesel prices by 88 paisa
On Sunday Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab government increased the petrol price by 92 paise per litre and the diesel price by 88 paise. The cost of one litre of petrol in the state will now be Rs.98.65 while diesel prices will be Rs.88.95 per litre.
This is the second time this year that the cash-strapped Punjab government has increased the prices of petrol and diesel.
With the hike in price, the state aims to generate Rs.600 crore per annum as revenue, said officials.
They said despite the increase in prices, diesel in Punjab would be cheaper than neighboring Haryana, and both diesel and petrol cheaper than Rajasthan.
The opposition parties slammed the state government for the move to hike price on petrol and diesel.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu took to Twitter, calling the move “a side-effect of freebies”.
Side effects of freebies politics hit Punjab yet again……… Petrol and Diesel prices increased by the Government……… late night in a covert manner……. 2 Rupee increase in last 1 year……. The congress government in November 2021 had decreased the prices by 10 rupee on Petrol… pic.twitter.com/QuxOq1wf5j
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) June 11, 2023
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Warring said the move to increase VAT on petrol and diesel was “an anti-people decision”.
Another anti-people decision of @BhagwantMann led @AAPPunjab govt. Hike in #PetrolDiesel prices has once again exposed the failure & incompetence of @AamAadmiParty-led #PunjabGovt. This will only add financial burden on millions of Punjabis. @INCPunjab strongly condemns the… https://t.co/mYBnmDHCI9
— Amarinder Singh Raja Warring (@RajaBrar_INC) June 11, 2023
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal also reacted, calling the move by the AAP government “gimmicky”.
Punjab is witnessing “Aam Aadmi” govt putting an unprecedented burden on the common man & farmers by repeatedly increasing VAT on petrol & diesel. Petrol prices in Pb have become the highest in North India & diesel prices the second highest.
CM @BhagwantMann should withdraw this… pic.twitter.com/IOFWK0wion
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) June 11, 2023
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Shehzad Poonewalla tore into the AAP government, alleging hypocrisy.
AAP Govt in Punjab today increased VAT on Petrol-Diesel and Kejriwal is attacking Modi Govt over fuel prices!
If hypocrisy had a face it would look like this
Why has VAT in Punjab been increased ? Whose lavish lifestyle & security is being subsidised by punishing the kisan and… pic.twitter.com/90oZju4V21
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) June 11, 2023
[With Inputs from IANS]
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