Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI Photo
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday criticized the central government for rising prices for petrol, diesel and cooking gas. Gandhi attacked the government at a news conference, referring to gross domestic product growth rates for the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal year.
“[Prime Minister Narendra] Modi ji keeps saying GDP is rising...Finance minister says GDP is showing an upward projection,” Gandhi said. “I then understood what they mean by GDP. It means gas, diesel, petrol.”
On Tuesday, government data showed India's GDP grew 20.1% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020-21. However, experts point out that the seemingly high number was on a low basis after an unprecedented 24.4% drop in the first quarter of last year.
Gandhi said on Wednesday that the prices of petroleum products and cooking gas have risen significantly since Narendra Modi's government came to power in 2014. All because petroleum products increase their input costs.
“When UPA [Congress-led United Progressive Alliance] left in 2014, LPG cylinder cost Rs 410...Today, it costs Rs 885 – a rise of 116%,” Gandhi said. “Petrol was Rs 71.5 per litre in 2014, today it’s Rs 101 per litre – a rise of 42%. Diesel was priced at Rs 57 per litre in 2014, it is Rs 88 per litre today.”
The congressman claimed that the BJP government has earned 23 lakh crore in revenue from cooking oil and gas since taking office. "Where did this Rs 23 lakh crore go?" Gandhi asked.
His comments came on a day when the price of a 14.2 kg bottle of LPG in Delhi was increased by 25 rupees. A cylinder now costs Rs 884.50 in the state capital. This is the second time in a month that the price of LPG cylinders has increased. On August 18, gas companies raised the price of liquefied gas cylinders by 25 rupees.
Fuel prices across the country fell from 13 paise to 15 paise on Wednesday. In several cities, however, the price of gasoline remains above Rs 100 per liter.
Meanwhile, Gandhi reiterated Congress's criticism of the new domestic revenue pipeline.
As part of the initiative launched last week, the government plans to raise Rs 6 lakh crore in four years to 2025 by leasing public infrastructure to private companies in various sectors such as electricity, roads and railways. Gandhi had previously alleged that the central government had sold the country's assets to Modi's "industrial friends" as part of the project.
In a related note, the congressman said Wednesday that the central government is "demonetizing" farmers, workers, small business owners and government employees at the cost of "making money with four or five friends of the government. Prime Ministers." minister".
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