After Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh slashes fuel prices by Rs 2 per litre

Petrol and diesel prices are revised daily by state-run oil firms

On Saturday, the fuel prices jumped to new record highs with a litre of petrol costing Rs 80.38 per litre and Rs 72.51 per litre that for Diesel in Delhi.

Senior party leader Dilip Pandey said unrest against Narendra Modi-led government is growing and the opposition can not remain silent to the plight of common man affected by issues like fuel price hike, corruption and unemployment.

"The way the prices are increasing with each passing day, it seems that it would cross Rs. 100 per litre". The central government now levies a total excise duty of Rs 19.48 per litre of petrol and Rs 15.33 per litre on diesel. In Mumbai, a litre of petrol costs Rs 87.77 and diesel comes for Rs 76.98, the notification said. The spike in prices has renewed calls for cut in excise duty but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has remained non-committal, saying global oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement.

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This is the biggest increase in rates in any fortnight since the daily price revision was introduced in mid-June a year ago.

"Since the Central Government is not responding on petrol prices, Naidu is doing exercise to give relief to public", TDP sources said. On Tuesday, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram had tweeted: "Relentless rise in prices of petrol and diesel is not inevitable". "Moreover tax structure is such that VAT on fuel rises with the rise in the price of fuel".

Nearly half of the fuel prices is made up of taxes. The Centre now levies a total excise duty of Rs 19.48 per litre of petrol and Rs 15.33 per litre on diesel.

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In Andhra Pradesh, the Value added tax or VAT has been among the highest anywhere - 35.77 per cent for petrol, next only to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and 28.08 per cent for diesel, the highest in the country.

The party has demanded that petrol and diesel should be brought under the GST, by which oil prices could drop by about Rs 15 to Rs 18.

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