Live Updates: All 400 Petrol, CNG pumps in Delhi go on strike

The 23-hour shutdown has been called by Delhi Petrol Dealers Association.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:19
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New Delhi: All 400 petrol pumps and CNG dispensing units will remain shut from 6 am on Monday till 5 am on Tuesday in protest against Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government`s refusal to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel and petrol in the national capital.

The 23-hour shutdown has been called by Delhi Petrol Dealers Association and is supported by taxi and auto associations.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the strike was politically motivated and sponsored by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On October 4, the central government slashed fuel prices by Rs. 2.50 after curbing excise duty on the commodity by Rs 1.50 per litre. The decision was backed by several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, which reduced local sales tax or the VAT. 

However, the Delhi government refused to reduce VAT on fuel both petrol and diesel resulting in fuel becoming more expensive than bordering Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Here are the live updates:

22 October 2018, 12:19 PM

Kejriwal hit out at the BJP and held them responsible for the strike in Delhi. He claimed that despite the petrol prices being the lowest in Delhi across the four metros, there is a strike in the national capital and not anywhere else. Read more here.

 

22 October 2018, 09:37 AM

Commuters face problem in booking Ola and Uber cabs. However, yellow-and-black taxis and autos are plying on roads.

22 October 2018, 09:34 AM

22 October 2018, 09:30 AM

Delhi CM Kejriwal alleged that BJP is behind the strike.

22 October 2018, 09:24 AM

Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA), in a statement, said, "The central government had slashed the rate of petrol and diesel by Rs 2.50 per litre each on September 4. This was followed by a reduction of VAT by various states including neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh bringing relief to their residents. But Delhi government refused to reduce VAT on fuel both petrol and diesel resulting in fuel becoming more expensive than bordering Haryana and Uttar Pradesh."