'Merciless, cruel': Congress MP KC Venugopal slams Centre over fuel price hike

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, April 04, 2022, 05:29 PM IST
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'Merciless, cruel': Congress MP KC Venugopal slams Centre over fuel price hike |

Congress MP KC Venugopal on Monday slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the fuel price hike, saying it has become merciless and cruel.

The Congress leader said, "This govt has become merciless, cruel; increasing prices day by day... We moved an adjournment motion in Parliament House, especially on fertilizers & price rise, but they're not even allowing us to mention it. What is the use of Parliament then?"

"Whenever a common people issue gets raised, govt adjourns the house. At least, have a discussion & identify the issue. Govt should clarify its stand on price rise," he added.

He said Congress is the only party which is agitating against these fuel prices all over India. "What we are expecting from this govt is dialogue, deliberation & solution, which is not happening," he further said.

Earlier in the day, Congress attacked the Centre over rising fuel prices, with former party chief Rahul Gandhi calling it the "Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Loot Yojana".

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi shared a graphic comparing the current cost of full tank of fuel for bike, car, tractor and truck to that in 2014.

"Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan LOOT Yojana," he tweeted along with the graphic.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that every morning under the Modi government brings the sadness of inflation rather than enthusiasm.

"Today in the new installment of Fuel LooT, Petrol and diesel were increased by ?0.40/L in the morning," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

CNG has also became more expensive by Rs 2.50/Kg and petrol/diesel price hike in two weeks is Rs 8.40 per litre, Surjewala said.

"Vote for BJP means 'mandate for inflation'?" the Congress leader tweeted.

Petrol and diesel prices were on Monday hiked by 40 paise a litre each, taking the total increase in rates in the last two weeks to Rs 8.40 per litre.

Petrol in Delhi will now cost Rs 103.81 per litre as against Rs 103.41 previously, while diesel rates have gone up from Rs 94.67 per litre to Rs 95.07, according to a price notification of state fuel retailers.

Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state, depending upon the incidence of local taxation.

This is the 12th increase in prices since the ending of a four-and-half-month long hiatus in rate revision on March 22. In all, petrol prices have gone up by Rs 8.40 per litre.

(With PTI inputs)

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