Not just non-ruling parties, but also the ruling Telugu Desam Party is supporting today's bandh.
As many as 21 opposition parties, both regional and national, extended their support to the countrywide strike. And now after Rs 2 cut in each, it may be sold around Rs 83.60 and 77.22 per litre, respectively. He extended his support to the nationwide protest against rising fuel prices. He said that the statement is far from the truth and misleads people.
A day ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, petrol and diesel prices are now among the highest in Maharashtra across all states. "The petitioner has reasons to submit that enhanced fuel prices (petrol and diesel) are being demanded/charged as per political wish, need and necessities", the petition alleged. Mr Naidu in fact said that the central government had failed to reduce the price of petrol and diesel despite the fall in the price of crude oil in the worldwide market. Diesel is at Rs 78.14. "This increase in petrol and diesel prices is likely to give the states a windfall gain of around Rs 227 billion over and above the budget estimates for current financial year", SBI Research said. In addition, the central government imposed additional burden of Rs 7 on petrol and Rs 8 on diesel in the name of infrastructure tax. Chandrababu has announced the decision today in Assembly bringing cheers among the common man. Naidu announced that AP would cut down its Value-Added Tax to give relief to people.
"Instead of fixing a fair price, the government has delegated the powers to Oil Manufacturing Companies (OMC) and this kind of procedure being followed by the government is unconstitutional, illegal and contrary to the mandate of the Section 3 (1) of the Essential Commodities Act", the plea read. The Chief Minister demanded that the central government reduce petrol and diesel prices immediately to protect the interests of the common man.