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Congress MLC demands pass for bullock cart amid fuel price hike

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 25 : A Congress Member of Legislative Council (MLC) took his protest against the increasing fuel prices to a new level when he demanded a pass for his bullock cart to attend the proceedings of the state Legislative Council.

Deepak Singh, the UP MLC and also the spokesperson of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, wrote a letter to the Principal Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council asking him to issue a bullock cart pass as it became impossible to afford his car due to the continuous rise in the fuel prices.

He added that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government had not taken measures to control the diesel and petrol prices and has requested the Principal Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council to issue passes for him and his fellow members to attend the House's proceedings.

Meanwhile, fuel prices continued to increase for the 12th straight day today, with petrol and diesel prices hiked by 32 and 18 paise, respectively.

As per the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), revised petrol prices in metropolitan cities are Delhi Rs 77.83 per litre; Mumbai 85.65; Kolkata 80.47 and Chennai 80.80; whereas diesel prices are: Delhi 68.75; Mumbai 73.2; Chennai 72.58; Kolkata 71.30. The prices came into effect at 6 am today.

The domestic fuel prices are increasing as the crude oil price in the international market is continuously rallying upwards. In addition to it, the rupee is weakening against the US dollar, which has affected the rupee-dollar exchange rate, thus putting further burden on the prices.

The opposition parties are lampooning the Centre for the hike, which has remained unstoppable since the conclusion of the Karnataka Assembly polls.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday after he accepted an online fitness challenge posed by Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul urged Prime Minister Modi to take up the 'fuel challenge' to reduce the skyrocketing fuel prices.

"Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here's one from me: Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response."

However, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said the Centre would soon take quick measures to give some relief to the common people from the rising fuel prices.

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