Gandhi’s attack came on a day oil companies raised petrol and diesel prices by 48 paise a litre and diesel by 23 paise a litre. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked the government over the recent price hikes.
Gandhi also used a graph to show that prices of petrol and diesel were low in May 2014 under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government despite high crude costs globally.
The graph also showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government raised the excise duty on petrol 258.47% and on diesel 819.94% by June 15 this year.
Gandhi’s attack came on a day oil companies raised petrol and diesel prices by 48 paise a litre and diesel by 23 paise a litre. This was the ninth daily increase in rates in a row since oil companies on June 7 restarted revising prices in line with costs.
Priynaka is the party general secretary in charge of eastern UP and has been leading the party’s drive to oppose the government on the issue of fuel price hike.
“ The government has created history by picking people’s pockets in the times of crisis. Diesel prices have now crossed the price of petrol. When the prices of crude oil are sliding across the world, look at this method of looting people. The government raises the price of petrol and diesel by a few paise every day so that they avoid the impression of a rise in prices by Rs 8 a litre or Rs 9 a litre in one go,” she had said in another tweet 24 hours ago.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Gopal Agarwal said the government has been working for the benefit of the lower strata of the population, through various beneficial schemes like Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna etc. and also supporting economic revival through economic package Aatma Nirbahr Bharat for more than 20 lakh crore. “Over the years or during the current pandemic Modi government has successively reduced direct and indirect taxes. If the global oil prices have fallen, the logical step is to generate revenue, both at the Centre and the State level for the benefit of the common men, that’s what we are doing. As for Crony capitalist from the UPA era are concerned, they are paying through their nose, rest assured every pie will be recovered.”