New Delhi: For the ninth time in 10 days fuel prices have hiked. Congress is holding a protest against this at Vijay Chowk, Delhi. The protest is led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Party MPs from both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are holding the protest. Their agitation is against the steep rise in prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. They are demanding a reduction or rollback in the prices. They have accused the government of stealing money from the poor and handing it over to the industrialists.
Rahul Gandhi cited that the poor and middle class have been worst hit by the hike. “Our demand is that the government should control prices and stop raising petrol and diesel prices,” senior party leader Rahul Gandhi said.
He said that the government is making crores by hiking prices. “We can see that petrol and diesel prices are climbing rapidly. The government is making thousands of crores from this. Congress is protesting across the country against this price rise of petrol and diesel. The government has to stop doing this. It has to ensure that prices do not rise,” he added.
On March 31 Congress launches its three-phase campaign called ‘Mehngai-mukt Bharat Abhiyaan’ against the Central government, which will continue till April 7.
Among those present at the protest demonstration included the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
“We had predicted that as soon as elections in five states will conclude, the fuel prices will be hiked. We demand that fuel prices be rolled back. The government cannot understand the difficulties being faced by the public because of the rise,” Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told ANI.
Taking a jibe at the Centre, Rahul Gandhi had earlier this month said that people should fill up their vehicle tanks as the prices will witness a spike after election results will be announced.
At the protest site, where Congress mocked the PM, an overturned motorcycle and cooking gas cylinders were placed.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, however, has said the war in Ukraine is to blame for international crude prices going up which the Indian government has no control over.
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