New Delhi, Sep 14 (): Taking a hard-hitting decision, the government on Thursday night has hiked the diesel price by Rs 5 per litre and restricted the number of cooking gas cylinders to six for each family per year.
The government was forced to take such a decision of restricting the supply in LPG cylinders that would force the consumer to pay more than double as per market price in case of usage exceeding six cylinders.
The cost of LPG cylinders might remain to be the same at Rs 399 per cylinder. Consumers are permitted to buy any number of cylinders as they please in the market beyond six.
However, it has done a good job by not touching the prices of petrol and kerosene. The decision announced by the government will be coming into effect from midnight on Thursday and also came under severe pressure from its allies such as the Trinamool and the Samajwadi Party.
Meanwhile, the BJP considered the hike in diesel to be a tremendous blow on the middle class family as well as the farmers and said that it will not spare the government for taking such a decision. The BJP also announced that it will soon take the matter to streets.
“This government is playing bad politics with the common man. It doesn’t realize the impact that will hit the farmers during the crucial paddy season. We shall take a demonstration to the streets. We will not accept this government to loot the people of this country, “said BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
“We have not been informed about the matter to which we strongly object and are not happy with the hike, “said Railway Minister Mukul Roy.
Welcoming the hike, the automobile industry has expressed happiness and said that it was a much-anticipated call. However, the auto–makers regretted the hike to have come in a wrong time when the overall economic condition of the country has gone down.