Petrol, diesel prices go up after Karnataka elections are over, petrol prices near Rs 80 per litre in Kolkata, Chennai


Prices of petrol and diesel have gone up just a day after the completion of Karnataka assembly elections, confirming the suspicion that the Centre’s decision to  freeze the prices were to extract the electoral advantage.

The Centre’s Narendra Modi government had announced it was freezing the prices of petrol and diesel on 1 May even though benchmark international rates have gone up by almost $2 per barrel. This had given rise to suspicion that the move was intended to derive electoral mileage in Karnataka.

On Monday, the petrol price in Delhi went up by 17 paise taking the price to 56-month high, while the diesel price crossed Rs 66 per litre. An update by Indian Oil Corporation said that the price of petrol went up by 18 paise in Kolkata and Chennai, while diesel prices have been raised by 21 paise a litre in Delhi, 5 paise in Kolkata, and 23 paise in Mumbai and Chennai.

Terming the development as deception, the Congress party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, said, “Post deception of people of Karnataka and the country by not raising Petrol-Diesel prices for 19 continuous days to garner votes; First salvo of Petrol/Diesel enhancement is fired ! How many more to be fired to fleece the pockets of ordinary people?”

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said, “There we go again. More taxes on petrol and diesel, more burden on the consumer. The Karnataka election was only an interval.”