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Chidambaram takes dig at BJP over rising petrol prices

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Taking a dig at the BJP's claim that the Centre was looking at ways to arrest the hike in fuel prices, P Chidambaram Sunday said the ruling party might have found a way to get "free"

In a series of tweets, the former minister also attacked the for allegedly failing to curb the flow of black money in the economy.

While the has asserted that it will not cut fuel prices, the (BJP) has claimed that the "Centre will soon arrest fuel prices", said Chidambaram in a tweet.

"BJP must have found a source that will free!," he quipped.

Shah had on Saturday blamed international developments for the rising petrol and diesel prices and dipping rupee value.

Speaking at an event in Hyderabad, the had said that the Centre was concerned about the rising fuel prices and will come out with a solution soon.

Petrol price last week touched 81.63 per litre in New and 89.01 per litre in Diesel prices rose to Rs73.54 per litre in and 07 per litre in

Attacking the government for its claims that black money has been wiped out by demonetisation and GST, Chidambaram cited O P Rawat's statement that democracy was under threat from black money.

"Government claims that demonetisation and GST have wiped out black money. CEC says democracy under threat from black money. Where is the black money coming from? Crisp new 2000 notes?," he asked.

Participating in a symposium here on Saturday, Rawat said use of black money, data harvesting and fake were among the potential threats to democracy.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 15:20 IST