Indore: Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Digvijaya Singh targeted the Modi government over increasing fuel prices and inflation and said that the poor and middle class are struggling with the everyday rising prices.
“Prices of grains, food products, edible oils and other things are increasing continuously. The price of cooking gas has increased by Rs 350 in the last seven months. In these hard times; the Modi government has increased the central excise on petrol and diesel close to Rs 35 which was only Rs 9.5 on petrol and Rs 3.5 on diesel in 2014,” Singh said while addressing media on Tuesday.
He added that people will get a relief of at least Rs 25 to Rs 30 per litre if the government applies the same tax slab on fuel prices which was at the time of UPA government.
“They have gained over Rs 4.5 lakh crore by increasing tax on petrol and diesel prices. It is the indirect tax which the government had taken from the public. Tax recovery from people has been increased while tax collection from big industrialists has decreased,” Singh said adding “Rahul Gandhi used to say that it is a government of ‘Suit-Boot’ and now we are seeing the same.”
The former chief minister also targeted the government over illegal mining and said that the minister had stopped officials from acting against illegal mining at IIT, Indore. He said that illegal sand mining in river Narmada is also continuing with machines even when it is banned.
Commenting over the Nemawar case, Singh said, “The case should be heard by Fast Track Court and the death sentence should be announced against the accused just like the Nirbhaya case. BJP leaders called the accused as Congress activists but what will they do about the accused's photographs with CM’s son, local BJP MLA, and other BJP leaders.”
On the question of RSS chief’s statement, Singh said that BJP always discriminated between Hindu and Muslims but Congress always worked on Sanatan Dharm which never discriminates between people by caste and creed.
We can imagine what Modiji’s share in Rafale deal was
Singh also targeted the Modi government over the Rafale deal and said that the investigation of corruption has been started in France where money was given but not from where it was given.
“We can imagine what was the share of Modiji in the deal,” Singh said.
Earlier, Singh paid tribute to the deceased Congressmen at the city Congress office. He also paid tribute to senior Congress leader Mahesh Joshi at his house.