The rising prices of fuels became a matter of criticism and protest for the opposition parties in many states.
The Indian National Congress (INC) unit in Telangana called for a protest on the 11th of June. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief Uttam Kumar Reddy questioned the increasing prices of fuels, especially petrol when international crude oil prices are falling.
He expressed his anger over the rising prices of diesel and petrol which even crossed the Rs. 100 mark in many states and metropolitan cities. It is to be noted, in 2021 the prices of fuel increased approximately 43 times. In June itself prices went higher for five times. Uttam Kumar Reddy said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got the dubious distinction of raising the prices of petrol and diesel 43 times in one year. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government at the State level has also pushed the burden on people by raising the VAT (value added tax.)”
Highlighting the tax collected on fuel, Uttam Kumar Reddy said during the INC led Central Government, the total tax collected on petrol and diesel in 2013 was Rs. 52,537 crore. In 2014, the Modi Government collected more than Rs. 72,000 crores in the form of taxes on petrol and diesel and now, in 2020 the excise collections were over Rs. 3 lakh crores.
Uttam Kummar Reddy and other leaders of the TPCC protested against the rising prices and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led the Central Government.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said, the Narendra Modi led BJP Government is robbing poor people, middle class people are also suffering due to increased petrol prices, especially during the pandemic and lockdown when millions of people lost their jobs.
In Hyderabad also, diesel and petrol is expensive close to Rs. 100. Concerned about the people of Hyderabad the TPCC leaders demanded a reduction in fuel prices.
The protest over hike in the fuel prices at Nakkalagutta in Hanamkonda of Warangal Urban District. They also raised anti-Central Government slogans and criticised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP rule.
Another group of the INC leaders staged a protest in Karimnagar and demanded a reduction in petrol and diesel prices.
The TPCC Working President Ponnam Prabhakar and other senior leaders took part in the protest.
As of today, the 12th of June, Hyderabad is selling petrol at Rs. 99.90 per litre and diesel at Rs. 94.82 Rs.