New Delhi: Condemning the hike in petrol price, the BJP on Saturday alleged that the "anti aam-admi" government was waiting for the assembly elections to get over to make the announcement.

"The BJP strongly condemns this increase in price of petrol. The government which always harps on being with the 'aam admi' (common man) is betraying it. The UPA regime says
it does not control price of petrol but kept a check on it till the elections," party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

He described the price hike a "gift" from the government after the Congress victory in West Bengal and Assam. "This is a joke on the people," he said.


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The Opposition maintained that the government could cut down on some of the central taxes to give relief to the people.

"In the last two years, the increase in petrol price has been by Rs 23 per litre. This government should realise that when petrol prices go up, then prices of other commodities also go up," Hussain said.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the price hike was highly condemnable.

'This is a cruel hoax on the common people,' he told reporters here.

Common man fumes

The moment the news flashed across the media, petrol stations in the city saw long queues of vehicles with people in a hurry to fill up the tanks before the hiked prices came into effect.

Shweta Arya, consultant in an infrastructure firm, lamented that her transportation budget has spiked in the last one year.

“My petrol expenditure has doubled in the last one year. How will the common man survive after such a price hike,” she wondered.

Vinay Verma, 32, wondered if the government could tolerate corruption among politicians and bureaucrats, which has drained the country's coffers, then why couldn't it also take on the burden of subsidy.

(Agencies)