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The reduction in petrol and diesel prices is the result of the bypoll debacle, says Congress.

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Hubballi: It is a relief for the public that petrol and diesel prices have come down following the Central Government’s decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel by ₹5 and ₹10 respectively. On Thursday morning, petrol was sold just a piece above Rs 107 per litre, and diesel was priced at around 91.76 per litre at petrol bunks in the city.

People were happy that, finally, the government had reduced the price of fuel. People are eagerly waiting for the state government’s announcement to take effect. The state government announced a reduction in the state’s sales tax on petrol and diesel. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced on Wednesday a reduction in Karnataka State Tax on petrol and diesel to Rs 7 each, following the Union Government’s announcement of lower petrol and diesel prices.

Many went to the petrol bunk anticipating at least Rs. 12 reduction in the price of petrol per litre. The bunk staff were seen explaining to them that the state’s announcement would come into effect from Thursday late night.

Veeranna Sajjanar, Dharwad District Petroleum Dealers Association Vice President and owner of Airport Road Fuel Point, said that the reduction in petrol and diesel prices is a relief for the common man. He claimed that sales of the fuel fell by at least 10% after it passed the Rs. 100 mark. And many people used to fill the tank with as much fuel as they needed. Say, earlier, if they used to fill Rs. 100 of petrol, they reduced it to Rs. 50. The state government’s reduction announcement comes into effect by Thursday night, he said.

Vidyanagar block Congress president Rajat Ullagaddimath said that the government reduced the fuel price as a result of BJP’s pathetic performance in the recently concluded by-polls. People voted against the BJP for the fuel price hike and other essential commodity price hikes. This is the result of people teaching lessons to the BJP, he opined.

Rajat also recalled how the Congress party-led a state-wide and nationwide demonstration when fuel prices touched the Rs. 100 per litre mark. The agitation against rising fuel prices was led by Congress leader Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar. He also recalled Siddaramaiah initiating debate on the rising fuel price on the floor of the Assembly.


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