As per details, petrol prices in South Asia as of Saturday stood at PKR18086 per litre in India, PKR174.86 per litre in Bangladesh, PKR143.86 per litre in Sri Lanka and PKR143.31 in Maldives.
On a day Congress held nationwide protests over rising petrol and diesel prices and interim party chief Sonia Gandhi accused the Centre of "extorting" people with fuel price hikes, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday attributed the hikes to coronavirus, adding that "as prices in worldwide markets stabilise, prices in India will also stabilise".
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They were not given permission for such a gathering, a senior police official said. The price of petrol was increased after a day's pause from Rs 79.76 per litre to Rs 79.92 in Delhi.
"Not once but 22 times they raised the prices of petrol and diesel".
Congress's social media department head Rohan Gupta said the "speak up against fuel hike" social media campaign elicited good response, with more than 2.5 lakh tweets and a reach of more than 16 crore people.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hit back at her, saying the tax revenue earned from petrol and diesel is being used to fund welfare programmes for the poor and not to benefit any "son-in-law or Rajiv Gandhi Foundation".More news: Sacha Baron Cohen trolls far-right event disguised as bluegrass singer
Protests were held across the state, including Karnal, Rohtak, Yamunanagar, Faridabad, Sirsa and other places. Congress city president R Murthy and District Congress president Dr B J Vijay Kumar led the protest.
"By such steps, the government is indulging in profiteering and not helping anyone to become Atma Nirbhar (self-reliant)", Selja said. "It hurts directly as well as indirectly.Whenever fuel prices are increased, prices of every commodity goes up", he said in a separate video message.
Although most leaders and workers in Bengaluru were wearing masks, there was very little physical distancing followed in the protest with party workers congregating close to each other at the party office on Queen's Road.
Party workers in Jammu rode two horse carts and raised slogans against the central government.More news: Margot Robbie to star in female-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean