New Delhi: With Petrol prices rising rapidly across the country, government has finally taken note and done something to address the problem. Dharmendra Pradhan has been removed from his post of Petroleum Minister and the charge has been given to Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar.
Government is confident that under Tendulkar, Petrol price will slow down in the high 80s and 90s and won’t reach 100 by the time Lok Sabha 2019 elections come around.
In Tendulkar’s native Mumbai, Petrol prices are just a few paise short of 90 Rs/Liter mark and government thought this would be the right moment to introduce Tendulkar into the game. Tendulkar, renowned for slowing down on the way to a 100, is expected to transfer his expertise from the cricketing field to a petrol pump.
Making this announcement at a Press Conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “We thought about several options to keep the petrol prices in check but eventually, the entire cabinet reached a consensus over the Sachin Tendulkar option. Mr. Tendulkar will immediately take charge of the ministry and will ensure it takes several months before petrol prices reach 100 Rs/Liter level. Dharmendra Pradhan had more of Virat Kohli in his approach than Tendulkar and he was motoring along so we had to introduce Mr. Tendulkar.”
When asked if they thought about reducing excise duty, Mr. Patra said, “Reduction is not a word in our Finance Minister’s dictionary. We are trying to buy him a new dictionary but the Finance Ministry is not approving the budget for the new dictionary for the Finance Minister as they are saying they will only take, not give any money.”
BJP’s main opposition Congress has slammed BJP over this decision. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has said that by appointing Tendulkar as the Petroleum Minister, government has ensured that petrol prices will reach 100 for sure.
Meanwhile, several petrol pump owners in Mumbai have started jewelry shops inside the petrol pump where you can mortgage your mother’s gold bangles to buy a liter of petrol.