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Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the increase in prices of petrol and diesel for the fifth time in the last two months, the Congress Party on Sunday alleged that the ruling dispensation at the Centre was supporting 'chronic capitalism'.
"I don't know what the government thinks when they go about increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. While international price was down, the national prices were going up. Whom are they supporting? Is it their chronic capitalism we are talking about? Is it happening to support the cronies of the government? It is sad that this country is in the poverty list and is further sinking," he said.
He further said that this continuous process of increasing petrol and diesel prices is going to hit the country's economy terribly.
"Price rise, escalating price, diesel is going to have a cascading affect on every section of the economy. Agriculture, vegetables, goods moment across the country, everything is going to be effected," he added.
Petrol price was on Saturday hiked by Rs. 1.34 a litre, the fifth increase in two months, and diesel by Rs. 2.37 a litre on back of spike in global rates.
After including local VAT, petrol will now cost Rs. 66.05 a litre in Delhi as against Rs. 64.72 per litre currently. Diesel will cost Rs. 55.26 per litre as against Rs. 52.61 a litre at present.
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