NEW DELHI: BJP today welcomed the reduction in petrol and diesel prices and hoped that it will help bring down inflation to make life easier for the common man.
Crediting the Narendra Modi government for having reduced the price of petrol six times and that of diesel twice after coming to power, the party attacked the previous Congress-led UPA dispensation, saying it was only raising the prices.
"The BJP-led government has reduced prices of petrol six times and that of diesel twice within the last three months. This shows the commitment of the Modi government towards the poor, the farmers and the common public," BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
The reduced diesel prices, he hoped, would bring relief to farmers and also further bring down inflation.
"While the Congress government continued to raise the prices of petrol and diesel that further raised inflation rates making lives of poor miserable, the Modi government is continuously reducing the prices of these items," he said.
The party leader said the government has taken a number of initiatives since it assumed office, including tough action against hoarders and limiting export prices of essential commodities like onion, rice and wheat.
Sharma said the government is committed to bringing inflation down and helping improve the state of the economy, which was left "in a shattered state by the previous Congress-led UPA government due to mismanagement, bad governance and corruption".