- RS MP Mallikarjun Kharge accuses govt of plundering the poor
New Delhi: The echo of protests against the latest fuel price rise was heard in both Houses of the Parliament on Tuesday.
The prices of petrol and diesel were raised by 80 paise, while that of domestic LPG was increased by Rs 50.
In the Lok Sabha, the Opposition parties protested against the rise and demanded its rollback. Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury pointed out that the Opposition parties had predicted that the government would increase fuel prices after the Assembly elections in five states.
The MPs of Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP, DMK and others in the Opposition then staged a walkout.
Chaos ensued in the Rajya Sabha as well, where Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil’s notice for adjournment of business to discuss the price hike was rejected.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of robbing the poor.
“By increasing fuel prices Modi govt is making money worth Rs.10,000 crores by plundering the poor. Many say prices are rising due to Ukraine-Russia crisis, but as per Petroleum Min, we didn’t buy 1% of crude oil from Russia,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Chowdhury said they had predicted an exorbitant fuel price rise and had been proven right.
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