Amid rising fuel prices across the country, BJP leader and Bihar minister Narayan Prasad said on Friday that common people will not use public transport.
“Ordinary people mostly use buses. Only a few use private transport,” Mr. Prasad said, adding that politicians, not ordinary people, are up in arms about it.
Petrol and diesel prices rose straight on the 11th day and touched new highs across the country after crossing Rs 100 per liter in some places.
In the national capital, the price of petrol has increased by 31 paise per liter to Rs 90.19 per liter, while the rate of diesel has increased by 33 paise to Rs 80.60 per liter.
The BJP leader also said that people are used to inflation and high prices.
“It’s affecting me too. People will get used to it,” Mr. Prasad said.
Meanwhile, opposition parties are holding protests across the country against the fuel price hike. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Mukesh Roshan on Friday took out a cycle rally for the state assembly in Patna in protest.
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today urged Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied oil producers to ease production cuts.
Earlier, facing criticism from the opposition, Mr. Pradhan blamed fuel price increases on low production in oil-producing countries due to the coronovirus epidemic. Lower production had created an imbalance in demand and supply, the minister said.
The minister had said that India meets 80 percent of its fuel requirement from oil producing countries and “consumption is increasing.”