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HashtagPolitics | Where are Amrit Kaal, Acche Din: Oppn heat on LPG price hike

The Congress's women's wing has been protesting across the country on the hike, and the party's Youth Wing protested in front of Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani's house on June 6.

The Congress's women's wing has been protesting across the country on the hike. (Photo: Twitter/@DelhiPMC)

In the fourth such hike this year, the price of an LPG cylinder was raised by Rs 50 on June 6. A cylinder will now cost Rs 1,053 (non-subsidised) in Delhi, Rs 1,052.50 in Mumbai, Rs 1,079 in Chennai and Rs 1,068.50 in Kolkata, depending on the VAT in different states.

The Congress’s women’s wing has been protesting across the country on the hike, and the party’s Youth Wing protested in front of Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani’s house on June 6. Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders have also been protesting in Telangana the last two days.

Leaders took to Twitter to criticise the BJP for the price rise, using the party’s catchphrases “Acche Din” and “Amrit Kaal”.

“Thanking” PM Narendra Modi for “showering the people of India with all his love, yet again”, the Trinamool Congress said in a tweet: “In Modi ji’s ‘Amrit Kaal’, suffering does not stop. And the PM? DOES NOT CARE!”

Amrit Kaal is a term repeatedly referenced by the BJP to talk about its policies and rule.

TMC MP Mahua Moitra, currently fighting a row over remarks regarding Goddess Kali, also tweeted on the price hike: “Waking up to Amrit Kaal.”

TRS leader K T Rama Rao said in a tweet: “#AchheDin Aa Gaye Badhai Ho (The good days have come, Congratulations)… An increase again of ₹50 Modi Ji’s Gift to all Indian Households.”

TRS social media handles have been using the hashtag ‘LPG loot’. In a video shared by Rao, a group of women are hitting cylinders using utensils. In an apparent reference to the Modi government asking people to beat utensils to show gratitude to healthcare workers during the Covid lockdown, the caption said: “Modi ji , you like Ghanti Bajao (ring the bell), They are doing it for you to roll back.”

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the hike was another example of the government “mismanaging the economy”. In a June 6 tweet, sharing a graphic that talked about inflation, he said: “Headlines Managed. Economy Mismanaged.”

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted: “The government is bulldozing people’s budget through inflation.”

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the BJP of double standards, saying that while it spoke of “welfare of the poor at its national executive meeting”, it was imposing a five per cent “Gabbar Singh Tax (GST)” on flour, cereals, curd and paneer, adding that it “broke the back of the poor-middle class” with the LPG hike.

Congress MP Mallikharjun Kharge tweeted: “Modi ji, your govt has squeezed the life out of Indians with price hikes, inflation & heavy taxes. Please accept your failures & chart a recourse for real ‘Acche Din’. BJP and its bourgeois friends have something else to eat by looting from the public, something else to show.”

Maharashtra Congress Chief Nana Patole said: “The new slogan of the Modi government is `Na Khaane Dunga aur Na Pakane Dunga (Won’t let you eat and won’t let you cook either).”

Protesting outside Irani’s house, Youth Congress national president Srinivas B V said: “When Smriti Irani was in the Opposition, she used to take to the streets even on a minimum fuel price hike. But now, when there is all-round inflation, she is silent.”

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At a press conference, party spokesperson Ragini Nayak cited media reports which claimed that 3.59 crore customers could not afford a refill in 2021-22. “The Prime Minister, who once talked about showing red eyes to China, will show red eyes to inflation, the country is waiting for it,” Nayak said.

In a June 6 tweet, the party’s women’s wing linked the hike to the felling of the Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra. “Another Rs 50 hike in LPG Gas Cylinder! Is this the cost of toppling the Maharashtra Government?”.

Y Satish Reddy, the social media convener of the TRS shared a cartoon showing a man carrying an LPG cylinder on a bike as well as firewood on a cycle. He captioned it: “the cost of ‘Achhe Din’.

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A day after LPG prices were hiked, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said gas prices cannot be looked at in isolation and that fuel prices have been held steady despite volatility in international oil markets.

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(With inputs from PTI)

First published on: 07-07-2022 at 08:41:20 pm
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