You won't have to worry about petrol and diesel prices for next two months


  • The government has reportedly instructed state-owned oil marketing companies - which include the likes of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum - to keep prices stable in April and May as voting gets underway.
  • This will go a long way towards keeping consumer sentiment upbeat as India heads to the polls.
  • This past weekend, India’s oil minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, met his Saudi Arabian counterpart and asked for his help in keeping oil prices under control.
The Modi administration is pulling out all the stops ahead of national elections. From full page advertisements touting the success of cabinet ministries to inaugurating war memorials, the government is leaving no stone unturned.

And now, the government is doing its best to keep petrol prices in check. It has told state-owned oil marketing companies - which include the likes of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum - to keep prices stable in April and May as voting gets underway, according to media reports.

This will go a long way towards keeping consumer sentiment upbeat as India heads to the polls. Any drastic price increases will hurt the government’s re-election chances which is why it will keep state-owned retailers on a short leash for the next few months.

In fact, the government is reportedly set to adjust the current pricing practice of revising rates everyday in accordance with international prices and instruct state-owned retailers to absorb a portion of the price hikes themselves.

Despite a daily, albeit moderate, rise in international crude oil prices since the beginning of March, retail oil prices stayed the same between March 5th and 8th.

This past weekend, the oil ministers of Saudi Arabia and India met to discuss oil prices and investments. India’s oil minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, sought his counterpart Khalid Al-Falih in keeping oil prices under control ahead of elections and stressed the need for uninterrupted supplies of oil to India.


However, after the elections, fuel prices will likely increase at a higher rate than expected, especially as state-owned oil market companies try and make up for the losses they will have to absorb in the next few months. This was seen in the case of the Karnataka state elections in May last year, when petrol and diesel prices were hiked considerably after being unchanged in the weeks running up to voting.


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