Hike in petrol and diesel prices opposed in Jharkhand

By Abha Manakatala - Thu Sep 17, 9:13 am


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Traders, Truck Drivers’ Association and political parties in Jharkhand today opposed the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

The state government’s decision to increase petrol and diesel prices by 11 per cent has evoked a sharp reaction from the Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, Jharkhand Truck Association and political parties.

After the new taxes, petrol will get costlier by Rs.4.54 per litre and diesel by Rs.4.21 per litre. At present the price of petrol is Rs.60.26 per litre and that of diesel is Rs.47.41 per litre.

“We will go to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister to take up the issue… We will meet ministers in New Delhi… and if the issue is still not resolved, we will hand over the keys of petrol pumps resulting in all 1,000 petrol pumps in the state automatically shutting down,” Ashok Singh, president of Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, told reporters in Ranchi today.

Uday Shankar Ojha, president of the Jharkhand Truck Association, said: “First we will present our demands to the chief minister. And if the issue is not resolved, we will not allow trucks to ply.”

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