Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday took a swipe at the Narendra Modi-led central government over the hike in prices of domestic cooking gas, petrol and diesel. He said there is a new concept of GDP where “rising GDP means a rise in prices of gas, diesel and petrol”.
“Modi ji keeps saying that GDP is rising, Finance Minister says that GDP is showing an upward projection. I then understood what does it means by GDP. It means ‘Gas-Diesel-Petrol’. They have this confusion,” Gandhi quipped while addressing a press conference.
He also claimed that when the Congress-led UPA government left power in 2014, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was priced at Rs 410 per cylinder.
“Today, it costs Rs 885 per cylinder – a rise of 116 per cent. Petrol was Rs 71.5 per litre in 2014, today it’s Rs 101 per litre – a rise of 42 per cent. Diesel was priced at Rs 57 per litre in 2014, it’s Rs 88 per litre today,” Gandhi said.
The Congress leader also pointed out that people can argue that there is a rise in the prices of petrol and diesel in international market but added that it was higher during the UPA rule.
“During the UPA govt in 2014, crude oil was priced at Rs 105, today it’s Rs 71 – it was 32 per cent higher at our time. Gas was priced at Rs 880 in our time, today it’s Rs 653 – 26 per cent lower today,” he said.
Gandhi further alleged that the government has earned Rs 23 lakh crore from increasing prices of gas, diesel and petrol in last seven years and said the people of the country should ask where is this money going.
He also alleged that while farmers, salaried class and labourers were being demonetised, a few industrialist friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were being monetised.
“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.
Earlier in the day, in a tweet in Hindi with the hashtag ‘India against BJP loot’, Gandhi stated, “The one who is forcing the public to sleep empty stomach is himself sleeping under the shadow of friends….but the country is uniting against the injustice.”
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 1, 2021
The Congress party 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 imposed by the central government.
Subsidised as well as non-subsidised LPG now costs Rs 884.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi, according to a price notification of oil companies. This is the third straight increase in prices in less than two months.
Subsidised and non-subsidised LPG rates were hiked by Rs 25.50 per cylinder on July 1. Non-subsidised LPG rates rose by Rs 25 per cylinder on August 1 and by the same proportion on August 18.
The latest increase in subsidised LPG price now has taken the cumulative rate hike since January 1 to Rs 190 per cylinder.