Hartal byte: Kerala has higher fuel prices than metros

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

Monday's Bharat Bandh, a protest against rising fuel prices yielded a cold response from the ruling party.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced a cut of Rs 2 in petrol and diesel prices. Petrol prices in Maharashtra's Parbhani breached the Rs 90-mark with Tuesday's hike and touched Rs 90.11 per litre, IANS reported.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday blamed Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the surge in global prices of crude and said that the solution for the fuel price hike in not in government hands.

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the pleas of Sonia and Rahul challenging reopening of their tax assessments for 2011-12.

Fuel prices across the country continue to rise relentlessly. Same is the case with diesel price in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, where the sales tax on diesel is higher than in Kerala.

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Nearly half of the fuel price is made up of taxes.

In the 13 days between August 29 and September 10, petrol and diesel prices have risen daily; in the case of petrol from Rs 81.45 to 84.06, and in the case of diesel from Rs 74.74 to Rs 77.98. According to petroleum dealers in the State, compared to Friday's price, petrol on Saturday cost 41 paise more while diesel price rose 48 paise a litre.

In Delhi, a litre of petrol cost Rs 80.87 and diesel cost Rs 72.97 - both marking an increase of Rs 0.14 per litre. Prices in Delhi, where rates are the cheapest among all metros and most state capitals because of lower Value-Added Tax, saw petrol touch an all-time high of Rs 80.73 per litre on Monday while diesel scaled to new high of Rs 72.83 a litre. Due to the nearly daily rise in basic fuel, the prices of commodities are also slighted to rise, making life for the common man hard by the day. This led to its excise collections from petro goods more than doubling in last four years - from Rs 99,184 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2,29,019 crore in 2017-18.

There was a complete shutdown in Kasargode, the town that shares a border with Karnataka, as interstate buses kept off the roads.

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