New Delhi, June 2 (ANI): Slamming the partial rollback of petrol prices by State oil companies, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dismissed the move, calling it hogwash, betrayal and fraud against the people.
Interacting with mediapersons here, BJP national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy demanded a complete rollback of prices.
We shall not accept anything less than a complete rollback or the government would have to face the consequences for their action, he said.
Further, Rudy accused the government of hoodwinking the people, arguing that while the crude oil prices have stablised in global market at $110 a barrel, the government was still imposing hike on the prices.
While the prices of imported crude of petrol have stabilized in the international market, here is a government that is trying to mislead and take credit of an unworthy action by reducing the price by Rs. 1.68 (excusive of taxes) and imposing a hike of over Rs. 6, he added.
Earlier, in a much-needed respite to the beleaguered consumers, the oil companies had announced a partial rollback in petrol prices by Rs. 2.
The nationwide cut would apply post midnight.
Post rollback, petrol will cost Rs. 71.18 a litre in New Delhi as compared to Rs. 74.35 in Jammu, Rs. 75.92 in Gandhinagar, Rs. 74.68 in Jaipur, Rs. 74.56 in Shimla and Rs. 73.92 in Patna.
Besides the BJP, Congress ally Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) has demanded a total rollback.
The move comes after widespread agitations and unanimous opposition -from the allies Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the DMK included - against the steepest hike in nation's history.
Last month, the State oil companies had raised the petrol prices by about Rs. 7.50, sparking nationwide protests. (ANI)