Petrol and diesel prices continued to rise for the eighth consecutive day across the country, with oil on the boil in global markets and both crude and product prices seeing a big spike.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at the opposition by blaming Congress claiming that the previous government has not focused on bringing down India’s dependence on energy imports.
The petrol price reached the century mark for the first time in Rajasthan, The petrol price per litre has increased to 100.13 in Sri Ganganagar on the 17th of February. Madhya Pradesh became the second state in the country to cross the three-figure mark per litre. On Thursday, petrol price had reached to Rs. 100.25 per litre on Thursday in many cities.
The high fuel prices resulted in a meme fest on social media. Twitter is trending with petrol hike, and people could not stop creating memes on it.
Maharashtra Congress threatens to stop Big B, Akshay Kumar’s Film Shoots
The Maharashtra Congress today took an aggressive stand against celebrities who had once been critical of the Central government over fuel prices but are now perceived to be mute even though the rates have only shot up higher than ever before. The state party chief has gone to the extent of threatening to stop the screening and shooting of movies involving stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar of they didn’t speak up now as they did before.
“Rising fuel prices have hit common people’s homes. During the Manmohan Singh government people like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar used to tweet (about fuel prices). Today they are silent,” Nana Patole, the state Congress chief, said today in Bhandara. Don’t they have the courage to speak against “the dictatorial Modi government” he further asked, before meeting out a threat?
The prices of branded or additive-laced petrol, which attracts higher taxes, have crossed the ₹ 100-mark in some places, including Maharashtra, reported today. In Mumbai, petrol now costs ₹ 96.32 a litre and diesel ₹ 87.32, the report said.
“In Maharashtra, we will not allow the shooting of films involving Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar. Either you speak up against the anti-national policies of the Narendra Modi government or we will stop your movies’ shooting,” he said.
Coming to the stars’ rescue, state BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said the Congress’s soul was dictatorial while it wore the mask of democracy. “Since their office is on Akbar Road, they will walk only Akbar’s path. Amitabh Bachchan isn’t going to be worried about their threats. He had faced similar threats from Gabbar Singh in the movie Sholay,” Mr Mungantiwar said.