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'95% of Indians don't need petrol,' says UP Minister as he defends fuel price hike

Tiwari further claimed that gasoline costs had not been increased in real terms when comparing current per capita income to that of 2014, the year when a BJP-led government first came to power at the Centre.

95 per cent of Indians don't need petrol says UP Minister as he defends fuel price hike gcw
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Lucknow, First Published Oct 22, 2021, 10:14 AM IST
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Upendra Tiwari, an Uttar Pradesh minister, stated on Thursday that 95 per cent of people had no use for petrol, dismissing complaints about rising gasoline costs. Tiwari further claimed that gasoline costs had not been increased in real terms when comparing current per capita income to that of 2014, the year when a BJP-led government first came to power at the Centre.

Today, just a few individuals drive in four-wheeled vehicles and utilise gasoline. Currently, 95% of people do not require petrol, Tiwari told reporters in Jalaun. Higher gasoline prices, on the other hand, affect almost every person. For example, they cause an increase in the price of any goods that are carried from one area of the country to another, including foodgrains, fruits, and vegetables.

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The minister's comment comes at a time when fuel prices in most regions of the nation have surpassed Rs 100 per litre, and diesel prices are close to that level. He stated that the opposition lacks a legitimate reason to criticise the administration. He added, "You may examine the statistics before 2014. What was the per capita income after the Modi and Yogi governments were formed?" He was alluding to the BJP-led governments at the national and state levels. "Today, per capita income is more than double," he stated.
He also mentioned free schooling and the government's coronavirus immunisation programme.

Petrol and diesel prices reached new highs on Thursday, as they were raised for the second day in a row throughout the country. Both petrol and diesel prices in the national capital have been raised by 35 paise per litre. Following the recent price increase, a litre of petrol in Lucknow now costs Rs 103.52, while diesel costs Rs 95.72, according to statistics accessible on the Indian Oil Corporation's website.

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