On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hammered down the government in accordance with the rising prices of domestic cooking gas, diesel and petrol. He alleged that the government has gathered a triggering amount of Rs 23 lakh crore through these increased prices of the commodities since the Modi government took its lead.
He further continued his allegations by pointing out the demonetisation strategy by the present government and stated 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. While addressing a press conference, Gandhi said that “The government has come up with a new concept of GDP, wherein a rise in GDP means a rise in prices of Gas, Diesel and Petrol.”
Gandhi further averred, “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 added that the government was panicking over not being able to fulfil its promises and was surviving on fuel prices. Gandhi added that the day when the international crude oil prices rise to about USD 90-100, the situation will spiral out of control here. While ascertaining the checks and balances, he mentioned the surge in LPG gas prices that is growing tremendously with every passing year.
The Congress members reiterated that “The LPG prices were Rs 410 per cylinder in 2014 when the UPA (Congress-led United Progressive Alliance) was in power, now it is Rs 885. Petrol was at Rs 71.5 per litre in 2014 when the UPA was in power, now it is Rs 101 and diesel has risen from Rs 57 to Rs 88.” International prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas are down since 2014, but prices are still rising in India, Gandhi added.