Trying to allay fears over the rising fuel prices, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the government would come out with a solution soon. Blaming US’ trade war with China and tensions with oil-producing countries for the spiraling petrol and diesel prices and the depreciation of the rupee, Shah said both the government and the BJP were concerned about the developments.
“It is due to some developments that took place globally. (The) trade war between US and China and issues between the US and oil-producing countries. We are also concerned about this. A solution is also being found out. Within a short time, the government will take a stand on these issues and come out,” Shah said at a press conference in Hyderabad.
Even as the Opposition protested against the rising fuel prices across the country on Monday, the government ruled out any immediate reduction in excise duty in order to bring down the retail prices of auto fuels, and instead urged the states to take action.
While petrol price touched Rs 81.63 per litre in New Delhi on Saturday, diesel prices mounted to Rs 73.54 per litre. On Friday, the rupee gained 34 paise or 0.47 per cent to close at a one-week high of 71.85 against the US dollar. However, Shah made it clear that the impact on rupee was “far less” than compared to other currencies.
Amit Shah: BJP has no hand in warrant against Chandrababu Naidu
Replying to a query on the arrest warrant issued by the Dharmabad court in Maharashtra against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and 13 other, Shah said the BJP had got nothing to do with it.
The warrant was issued in a 2010 case related to an agitation staged by the party over the Babli project across Godavari river. Shah 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 have a tie-up with those pursuing vendetta against him. He is trying to gain sympathy out of the issue,” Shah said. The BJP chief said the case was filed in 2010 and police filed a charge sheet in 2013. Naidu did not respond even after several summonses were issued by the court against him, Shah alleged.