22:33 GMT01 March 2021
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    Fuel prices in India have been rising since last year. Petrol and diesel prices in India are high compared to other South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

    India's state-run oil marketing companies increased petrol and diesel prices on Sunday for the sixth day in a row. The price of petrol has increased by INR 0.29, while diesel went up by INR 0.32.

    Petrol prices crossed the $1.36 (INR 99) a litre mark in the western Indian state of Rajasthan and $1.31 (INR 95) in Mumbai. Changes in the rates differ from state to state, depending on the incidence of value-added taxes (VAT) that make up nearly two-thirds of the retail sale price.  

    Meanwhile, after Sunday's price revisions, the petrol price per litre with additives in the Indian state of Maharashtra's Parbhani district crossed INR 100 ($1.36), an all-time high.

    The increase in fuel prices has given netizens an opportunity to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government with sarcastic abuse for the fuel hike.

    ​Reacting to the fuel price rise on Valentine's Day, one netizen suggested avoiding long drives and stay safe at home. 

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