Steep hike in oil prices comes in for criticism by Congress

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Fuel, Finance, Health, Disease, Mysuru, June 24:- Amid the pandemic, the Law and Human Rights Committees of the Rural and District Mysuru Congress staged a protest here on Thursday (June 24), criticising the unscientific hike in oil prices. “The BJP came to power at the Centre after raising the price issues during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule. They also promised to bring the prices under control if voted to power, but what is happening now is exactly the opposite.”

They said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased the diesel tax from Rs 3.45 to Rs 31.84. Petrol tax was raised from Rs 9.21 to 32.98.  14.2 kg LPG cylinder used to be Rs 416.50 in 2013 and now it is Rs 604.50.  As the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh used to give subsidies. During its six-year rule, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has collected Rs 20 lakh crore as tax from the people.”

The protesters said, “Petrol costs Rs 51.61 in Pakistan, Rs 59.64 in Sri Lanka, but it costs Rs 105 in India. It has gone up by Rs 30 in the last one year. The NDA government is anti-poor people and its intention is to help the corporates. Ever since it came to power, the BJP government has borrowed Rs 53 lakh crore. With the prices of essential commodities sky-rocketing, you can guess the poor man’s life.”

Congress leader Suresh and others were present during the protest. (MR/KS)

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