Cen­tre will soon ar­rest ris­ing fuel prices: Shah

Ad­mits high petrol and diesel prices are wor­ry­ing the BJP

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Blam­ing in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments for the ris­ing petrol and diesel prices and dip­ping ru­pee value, BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Satur­day said the Cen­tre would come out with a so­lu­tion soon.

“The in­creas­ing petrol and diesel prices, and slid­ing ru­pee against the dol­lar, are a cause of con­cern for both the BJP and the gov­ern­ment,” Mr. Shah told pressper­sons here.

Global de­vel­op­ments

“It [the ris­ing fuel cost] was due to some de­vel­op­ments that took place glob­ally — the trade war be­tween the U.S. and China, and is­sues be­tween the U.S. and oil pro­duc­ing coun­tries. Be­cause of th­ese global rea­sons, th­ese de­vel­op­ments are tak­ing place,” he said.

“We are also con­cerned about this. So­lu­tion is also be­ing found out. Within a short time, the gov­ern­ment will take a stand on th­ese is­sues,” he said. Mr. Shah said the im­pact on the ru­pee was “far less” com­pared with other cur­ren­cies.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties led by the Congress had on Septem­ber 10 called for a na­tion­wide shut­down to protest the es­ca­lat­ing prices of fuel and other es­sen­tial items.

‘No hand in Naidu is­sue’

Re­ply­ing to a query on the ar­rest war­rant is­sued by the Dharmabad court in Ma­ha­rash­tra against Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu and some of his party func­tionar­ies, Mr. Shah said the BJP had noth­ing to do with it.

The war­rant was is­sued in a case re­lated to an ag­i­ta­tion that Mr. Naidu un­der­took, when in the Op­po­si­tion in united Andhra Pradesh, over Ma­ha­rash­tra’s Babli bar­rage project on Go­davari river in 2010.

He said there were Congress govern­ments in both Andhra Pradesh and Ma­ha­rash­tra dur­ing 2010 when the case was taken up by the court. “Now, Chan­drababu is try­ing to gain sym­pa­thy out of the is­sue,” Mr. Shah said.

The BJP chief said the case was filed in 2010 and the po­lice had filed a chargesheet in 2013. Mr. Naidu had not re­sponded even af­ter sev­eral sum­mons were is­sued by the court against him, Mr. Shah al­leged.


Amit Shah wav­ing to the crowd out­side the Lal Dar­waza Ma­hankali Tem­ple in Hy­der­abad on Satur­day.

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