Published On : Mon, May 28th, 2018

As public cries foul, CM Fadnavis justifies rising fuel prices

Mumbai: Even as the common man in Maharashtra has been hit hard by the skyrocketing fuel prices, the state’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has supported the price rise saying it has been done in the interest of the state.

The prices of petrol is hovering well above Rs 85 a litre in Nagpur, higher than any other place. However Fadnavis failed to give clear explanation on how would it benefit state.

Fadnavis said, “The decision taken is in the interest of the state.” When asked to clarify on “interest of the state”, and whether it was linked to “people’s interest” by way of reduction in taxes on fuel to bring down its prices, Fadnavis reiterated his point that the decisions taken were in the interest of the state.

“The prices are linked to the international prices of crude oil. The variation in prices is being reflected in the retail prices as well. Nobody praised the government when it had brought down prices 13-14 times. One should not forget that the prices have been controlled from time to time,” Fadnavis said.