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Uproar in both Houses of Parliament over fuel and LPG cylinder price hikes

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The increase in fuel and LPG gas cylinder prices has been pinching common people and creating havoc in all sections of society. The hike in the price of fuel will certainly raise the prices of daily-use commodities. The poor and the middle class are deeply shocked.

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The Congress party said that “the Modi government has extracted Rs 26 lakh crore by taxing petroleum products in the last eight years.”

Proceedings in both houses were disrupted

Proceedings in both houses of parliament were interrupted because of protests by opposition members against the fuel hike announced on Tuesday. While opposition members in Lok Sabha staged a walkout demanding a rollback, proceedings in Rajya Sabha were adjourned twice in the first half after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejected the opposition request for a discussion on the fuel hike.

Leaders from the Congress, DMK, TMC, NCP, JMM, and Left parties, among others, staged a walkout in Lok Sabha, demanding that the price hike on fuel and LPG be reversed immediately.

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Raising the issue after Question Hour, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the opposition parties’ assertion that prices of diesel and petrol would increase after elections had been proven true. Trinamool’s Sudip Bandopadhyay also joined the chorus.

Opposition raised slogans

Opposition members raised slogans before staging a walkout. However, the interruption did not lead to any adjournment of the proceedings, and members returned to their seats a few minutes after the symbolic protests.

In Rajya Sabha, opposition MPs trooped into the well of the House shouting slogans, not allowing the listed items to be taken up. The proceedings were first adjourned till 12 noon and then till 2 pm. This was the first forced adjournment due to disruptions after 12 consecutive full sittings of the House.

The opposition protested after Naidu said he had not accepted the notices given by Shaktisinh Gohil (Congress), Dola Sen (TMC), V Sivadasan, Elamaram Kareem and John Brittas (CPI-M) under Rule 267, requiring the setting aside of the listed agenda to take up a discussion. He stated that the issue could be discussed during grant requests from the relevant ministries.

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Congress attacks  govt over fuel price hike

Outside Parliament, the Congress attacked the government over the fuel price hike, accusing it of “looting” Rs 10,000 crore through this “triple assault” on the common people and demanding a rollback.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the “lockdown” on petrol, diesel and gas prices has been lifted and the government will now increase their rates post assembly polls.

The Congress on Tuesday said the Narendra Modi government punishes people for voting the BJP to power with three things: arrogance, an autocratic attitude, and price rises.

Expressing outrage over the decision to increase the price of cooking gas cylinders by Rs 50, in addition to the hike in prices of petrol and diesel, the Congress said: “The Modi government has extracted Rs 26 lakh crore by taxing petroleum products in the last eight years.”

The statement issued by the party said: “When the Manmohan Singh government relinquished office in May 2014, the crude oil price was 108 dollars per barrel. But the petrol and diesel prices were Rs 71.41 and Rs 55.49, respectively. Today, crude oil is 108.25 dollars per barrel, and petrol is Rs 96.21 per litre and diesel Rs 87.47 per litre. Excise on petrol in 2014 was Rs 9.20 per litre and on diesel, Rs 3.46 per litre. Modi increased excise by 203 per cent on petrol and by 531 per cent on diesel.

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The cylinder price was low in the UPA govt.

“The LPG cylinder was sold for Rs 414 in 2014, while the price has gone up to Rs 1,000 now.”

The party pointed out that the average price of crude oil in the international market during the Manmohan Singh regime was $108.46 per barrel, while the average price under Modi is $60.6 per barrel. It argued that the Modi government’s intention to loot the common man was manifested through its decision to charge abnormally high rates for petrol, diesel, and LPG cylinders even when the price of crude oil crashed below $40 per barrel.

Congress considers the UPA’s subsidy.

The member of the Congress party said, “The subsidy given by the UPA government on petroleum products was Rs. 1,42,000 crore in 2011-12, Rs. 1,64,387 in 2012-13, and Rs. 1,47,025 in 2013-14. The Modi government gave relief of Rs 27,301 crore in 2016-17, Rs 28,384 in 2017-18, Rs 43, 718 in 2018-19, Rs 26, 482 crore in 2019-20, and Rs 11,729 crore in 2020-21.

As a result, the Modi government reduced the petroleum subsidy from Rs 1.47 lakh crore to Rs 11,729 crore in order to mint money rather than pass on the benefits of low international prices to consumers.

Addressing the media, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said: “The Modi government once again unleashed its anti-poor policy after winning elections. They are extorting people.

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Fuel prices rise on a regular basis                         

Now you will see petrol and diesel prices increasing daily. They are giving the excuse that prices are going up because of the Russia-Ukraine war. But the government has said in Parliament that crude imports from Russia are less than 1 percent of our total consumption. The latest hike will cost the government Rs 10,000 crore. We wanted to discuss the matter in Parliament, but the government didn’t allow it. “

Lok Sabha leader Adhir Chowdhury said, “We all anticipated the prices would rise after the election.”

They have earned Rs 26 lakh crore in the last eight years by taxing petroleum products.

Deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma described it as “Vote ke baad chot.”

Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “The lockdown on the prices of gas, diesel, and petrol has been lifted.” Now the government will do a “Vikas” of prices. And if you ask the Prime Minister about the pandemic of price rises, he will say, “Thali-bajao.”

Hot discussions are underway in both houses of parliament. The number of opponents is so low that they can’t do anything. The BJP government is strong enough to discard any demand from the opposition easily.

 

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