Central and state governments are responsible for the highest ever price of petrol and diesel

The prices of petrol and diesel have touched the highest ever levels of Rs 100 per litre and Rs 90 per litre respectively in many parts of the country. The costs of personal transport and goods have increased as a consequence and are putting an unbearable burden on working people. Instead of providing any relief, excuses are being given. The Prime Minister held the previous government responsible for high prices, and is indirectly blaming the international price of crude oil.

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Rising opposition to the budget

There is widespread anger and disgust with the Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister on 1st February. With lakhs of jobs being lost, the masses of working families in the cities and countryside expected that the budget would address the burning issue of unemployment. The agricultural cess on various goods including on petrol and cooking gas has also dealt a heavy blow to working families.

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