Chaos in Parliament after petrol, diesel prices hiked for 12th time in two weeks

Opposition members staged protests over the hike in prices of petroleum products and essential commodities in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Monday.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm, after resuming at 12 pm following abrief adjournment, amid the ruckus created by the Opposition over the hike in fuel prices.

Three Rajya Sabha MPs – CPI’s Binoy Visvam, Congress’ KC Venugopal and TMC’s Abir Ranjan Biswas – had given suspension of business notices in the Upper House to discuss the rise in prices of fuel.

Meanwhile fuel prices were hiked for the 12th time in two weeks on Monday.

With the increase, petrol now costs Rs 103.81 per litre in Delhi and diesel Rs 95.07 a litre, up by 40 paise each.

Petrol is priced at Rs 118.83 per litre in Mumbai after its rate was increased by 42 paise, and diesel costs Rs 103.07 following a 43-paise hike.

The revision in fuel prices resumed on March 22, twelve days after Assembly elections results were announced for Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Punjab. Ahead of the Assembly polls in five states, fuel rates had been on a freeze since November 4.

However, after the results were announced on May 2, the prices rose steadily to hit record levels.