Updated: September 2, 2021 5:38:44 am
On a day the prices of LPG cooking gas across all categories were hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the government over the rising fuel prices and said that an amount of Rs 23 lakh crore has been earned in the last seven years by increasing prices of these commodities .
The rise in LPG price was the third straight increase in rates in less than two months.
The Congress leader said that the government was in panic over not being able to fulfil its promises and was surviving on fuel prices. “The day when the international crude oil prices rise to about $90-100, the situation will spiral out of control here,” he said.
Gandhi also alleged that while sections such as farmers, salaried class and labourers were being demonetised, a few industrialist friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were being monetised.
At a press conference, Gandhi said that according to the government, the new meaning of “GDP” was gas, diesel and petrol. And that a “rise in GDP” now meant a rise in the prices of these three commodities. “On one hand, there is demonetisation and on the other there is monetisation. Whose demonetisation is taking place – farmers, labourers, small traders and informal sector, MSMEs, contract workers, salaried class and honest industrialists. Whose monetisation is taking place – four-five friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
Gandhi alleged that a transfer of wealth is taking place from the poor and the weak to the PM’s friends.
The Congress leader also compared prices of cooking gas cylinders, petrol and diesel to those when the UPA was in power in early 2014.
The LPG gas price was Rs 410 per cylinder in 2014 when the UPA (Congress-led United Progressive Alliance) was in power, and now it is Rs 885, Gandhi said. Petrol was at Rs 71.50 per litre in 2014 when the UPA was in power, and now it is Rs 101, while diesel has risen from Rs 57 to Rs 88, he said.
International prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas are down since 2014, but prices are still rising in India, he said.
The Congress has been attacking the government over the rise in petrol, diesel and LPG prices and has been demanding a reduction in them by removing some of the taxes.
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