Chandigarh: Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu lashed out at the government over the rising fuel prices across the country. Comparing the price with that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he said that the price of petrol in these neighbouring countries is at the least.
Hitting out at the Modi government, the cricketer-turned-politician said that they are adding taxes and giving all the benefits to the fuel companies.
"In Pakistan and Bangladesh, prices of petrol are the least today. But here government keeps adding taxes. They are giving all the benefits to the fuel companies. The govt says something else and does something else," Sidhu said.
Fuel prices have been witnessing a steep rise since the past few weeks. Despite the prices of petrol and diesel touching record highs with continuous hikes, the government has skirted questions on whether it is considering a tax cut on imported crude to bring down the prices.
While the Opposition has repeatedly blamed the union government for not doing enough to keep a check on prices, the latter has always maintained that global crude oil prices and other international factors are causing a hike in prices of petroleum products.
As per India's pricing mechanism, the domestic fuel prices depend upon the international fuel prices on a 15-day average and the value of the Indian rupee.