A series of fuel price hikes (12 till now) has followed on the heels of the recent assembly elections in five states. This is part of a cynical pattern of political manipulation – to freeze fuel prices in the months prior to every major election cycle, only to steeply hike prices in the immediate aftermath. The latest hikes have brought the cost of petroleum on an average up to 107 Rupees a litre. The average cost of diesel has also risen to 99 Rupees a litre. The cost of LPG too has risen to 926 Rupees a cylinder.