BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy do not shy away from speaking his mind, often going against his party’s stance. Over the years, Swamy has criticized many of the decisions and activities of the BJP-led Central government on several occasions – from holding examinations amid the pandemic to fuel prices.
On Monday night, Swamy took to Twitter with a strongly worded post, hitting out at the government over high fuel prices in the country. As of Tuesday morning, the Indian Oil Corporation website lists petrol at Rs. 90.34 in Mumbai. Diesel costs Rs 80.51 in the city. The prices are slightly lower in Delhi.
“Petrol price at Rs. 90 per liter is monumental exploitation by GoI of the people of India. The price ex-refinery of petrol is Rs. 30/liter. All kinds of taxes and Petrol pump commission add up the remainder of Rs.60. In my view, petrol must sell at max. Rs. 40 per liter,” the parliamentarian tweeted.
According to data uploaded on the Indian Oil Corporation website, the Base Price of petrol in Delhi (from December 1) is Rs. 26.34. The addition of taxes and duties eventually takes this number to Rs. 82.34.
Swamy, however, appears to be using the current petrol price in Mumbai to make his point.