Centre will devise action plan to curb petrol prices, says Amit Shah
The fuel price rise has become a politically thorny issue for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ahead of assembly polls in Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh later this year and national polls in 2019.
The Narendra Modi government will soon come out with an action plan to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel across the country, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president, Amit Shah, said on Saturday.
“We are also very much concerned over the steep increase in the prices of petrol and diesel and also fall in the value of the rupee against the dollar... We shall soon come out with an action plan,” Shah said at a press conference in Hyderabad. The BJP president was on a one-day visit to Telangana to kick-start the party’s election campaign with a rally in Mahbubnagar on Saturday.
Shah said the steady increase in prices of petroleum products in the past few days was on account of international market fluctuations in crude oil prices. “At the same time, dollar value is also going up not just compared to the rupee, but a host of other currencies as well. We know the people are agitated and the BJP is also worried over the rising prices,” he said.
The BJP president ruled out any kind of alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the ensuing assembly elections. “…We shall put up a strong fight against the TRS in the elections, with the objective of pulling it down from power,” he said.
Asked who the BJP’s new allies in the south would be following the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) parting ways with it, Shah parried a direct answer, saying: “We shall work out when the situation arises.”
He explained in detail what the Centre had done for Telangana in the past four years and how the TRS government had failed to implement several central schemes in the state.