Mumbai: In a bid to protest against the rising prices of petroleum products and also to mark Dr B R Ambedkar's birth anniversary, a local organization in Solapur, Maharashtra sold petrol at just Re 1 per litre to 500 people.
Notably, there has been a brake on the rising prices of petrol and diesel for the last 10 days, but prior to this, an increase of Rs 10 per litre was registered both in petrol and diesel prices which dismantle the budget of the general public.
Under this offer, every customer was given just one liter of petrol for one rupee (Petrol in Rs. 1). A large number of people went to the petrol pump and police were also deployed to control the crowd.
The program had been organised by Dr Ambedkar Students and Youth Panthers.
''Inflation has increased rapidly. The price of petrol has gone up to Rs 120 per litre under the Narendra Modi government. Therefore, to provide relief to the people and to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, we decided to sell petrol at the rate of Re 1,'' said Mahesh Sarvagoda, the outfit's state unit leader.
''If a small organization like ours can provide relief to 500 people, then the government should also provide relief,'' he added.
Notably, in Solapur, petrol is being sold for Rs 120.21 per liter. On the other hand, when it comes to diesel, its price in Solapur is Rs 102.92 per litre. At the same time, the price of petrol in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is Rs 120.51 and the price of diesel is Rs 104.77 per litre.