Hours after petrol and diesel prices were slashed by one paisa on Wednesday, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi told Prime Minister Narendra Modi it was “not a suitable response to the #FuelChallenge” that he had thrown at the PM. He also wondered if it was a prank, then it was childish and in poor taste.
In a tweet addressed to Prime Minister Modi, Gandhi said: “Dear PM, You’ve cut the price of Petrol and Diesel today by 1 paisa. ONE paisa!?? If this is your idea of a prank, it’s childish and in poor taste. P.S. A ONE paisa cut is not a suitable response to the #FuelChallenge I threw you last week.”
Earlier, Gandhi had dared Modi to either cut down fuel prices or be ready to face a nationwide agitation by the party.
Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here’s one from me:
Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so.
I look forward to your response.#FuelChallenge
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 24, 2018
While the petrol price was cut by 60 paise this morning, the cut was soon revised to just 1 paisa a litre each. “The reduction was supposed to be 1 paisa but due to a clerical error the price prevalent on May 25 was communicated as today’s price,” a senior official of Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation’s largest fuel retailer, said in a statement.
The current price of petrol is at Rs 78.42/litre in Delhi and Rs 86.23/litre in Mumbai while diesel stood at Rs 69.30/litre in Delhi and Rs 73.78/litre in Mumbai. The cut comes after 16 consecutive price increases since May 14 when fuel retailers ended the pre-Karnataka poll hiatus to pass on a spike in global oil rates.
Amid mounting pressure by the Opposition over the increasing rate of fuel prices, Union Petroleum Minsiter Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government is considering bringing petrol, diesel under the ambit of Goods and Service Tax (GST) in order to keep a tab on the prices.