Congress leaders on Wednesday lambasted the Union government for the surge in prices of domestic liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that has added to the sufferings of the households across the country. Notably, the Centre on Wednesday increased the price of domestic LPG cylinders by Rs 25.
‘Only vikas of billionaire friends’
Taking a dig at the BJP’s slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said that the only people enjoying vikas (development) under Prime Minister Modi’s reign are his “billionaire friends”. Priyanka Gandhi slammed the Centre on Twitter saying that time has come to send vikas on leave.
She said, “Prime Minister, there are only two types of “vikas” taking place under your rule: On one hand, the income of your billionaire friends is increasing. On the other hand, the prices of essential commodities are increasing for the common people. If this is “vikas“, the time has come to send this “vikas” on leave.”
आपके राज में दो ही तरह का "विकास" हो रहा है:
एक तरफ आपके खरबपति मित्रों की आय बढ़ती जा रही है।
दूसरी तरफ आमजनों के लिए आवश्यक वस्तुओं के दाम बढ़ते जा रहे हैं।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 1, 2021
Priyanka’s brother and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi too joined his sister in criticising the government. “The one who is forcing the public to sleep on an empty stomach is resting under the shadow of his friends. Now, the country is uniting against this injustice,” Rahul Gandhi said.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 1, 2021
Congress spokesperson Randip Singh Surjewala took a dig at BHP’s “Achche Din” (good days) slogan. Comparing LPG prices under UPA and NDA rule, Surjewala said, “March 1, 2014, = The cost of a gas cylinder is Rs 410! September 1, 2021= The cost of a gas cylinder is Rs 884! More than double the price in 7 years. This is Modiji’s promise of ‘Acche Din’.”
LPG price hike
With the latest hike, the price of a 14.2 kg cylinder in Delhi is now Rs 884.50. The price of a 19 kg commercial cylinder will be Rs 1,693 in Delhi. The hike in the price of fuel will add to the burden of the common people, especially the poor and middle-class which are already reeling under the increased price of petrol and diesel, cooking oil, etc. Domestic LPG cylinder price has been increased by Rs 190 in 2021.
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