Cen­tre will de­vise ac­tion plan to curb petrol prices: Shah

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Nation - Srini­vasa Rao Ap­pa­rasu let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

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.

AP

■ BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah in Te­lan­gana on Satur­day.

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