Rajasthan minister scolds BJP over fuel price hike

Rajasthan Minister Pratap Khachariawas said the BJP should distribute coupons for fuel like the Kashmir file. (Credit: ANI)

Petrol prices have been raised for the seventh time since the end of a four-and-a-half-month hiatus on March 22 in the rate revision.

With petrol and diesel prices soaring over the past few days, Rajasthan Minister Pratap Khachariawas slammed the BJP at the Center, saying “the way their ministers distributed tickets” is the way fuel coupons for movies should be distributed – the Kashmir file.

“After the election, the BJP has increased the price of petrol and diesel. They are not ‘Ravanbhakta’ but ‘Rambhakta’. They should distribute coupons for petrol, diesel the way their ministers have distributed movie tickets for ‘The Kashmir Files’, “Khachariawas said, according to ANI.

The minister is digging into the rise in fuel prices in the country, which has risen for the seventh time on Tuesday. After raising the rates by 80 paise per liter and diesel by 70 paise, the price of petrol has gone up to Rs 100 per liter, bringing the total price to Rs 4.80 per liter in one week.

Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local taxes. This is the seventh increase in prices since the end of the four-and-a-half-month hiatus in rate revision on March 22.

In his remarks, the minister suggested that free coupons should be distributed for BJP petrol as the party had distributed tickets for ‘The Kashmir Files’.

Following the release of Vivek Agnihotri-directed film on the exodus of Kashmiri scholars, many BJP leaders across the country booked tickets and offered free screenings. Many states, including UP and Madhya Pradesh, have also made the movie tax-free.

Prime Minister Modi also appealed to the people to watch the film and said that the film presents a true history.

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