On Tuesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll back the hike in fuel prices. She termed the government’s idea of hiking fuel price mid the coronavirus as “wholly insensitive” and “ill-advised.”
Given that the international price of crude oil has fallen by approximately 9% over the last week, the government is doing nothing short of “profiteering off its people” when they are down and out, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On Tuesday the prices of diesel and petrol hiked for the 10th day in a row. The price of diesel goes up by Rs. 5.8 per liter and the petrol price is up by Rs. 5.47 per liter.
Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi: “I Urge You To Roll Back These Increases”
“I am deeply distressed that in these exceedingly difficult times since the beginning of March, the government has taken the wholly insensitive decision to increase petrol and diesel prices on no less than ten separate occasions,” Gandhi said in her letter.
“I urge you to roll back these increases and pass on the benefit of low oil prices directly to the citizens of this country. If you wish for them to be ‘self-reliant’ then do not place financial fetters on their ability to move forward,” the Congress president said.
Sonia Gandhi further said that India is already facing health, economic, and social challenges. Increasing the fuel prices will only add the burden, she added further.
Gandhi said, “It is the duty and responsibility of the government to alleviate suffering, not put the people to still greater hardship.”
“I see no logic in why the government would even consider such a price increase at a time when the economic impact of COVID-19 is depriving millions of jobs and livelihood, devastating business(es) big and small, rapidly eroding the income of the middle class, even as farmers are struggling to sow the crop for the Kharif season,” she said.
“If ever there was a time to deploy these resources in the service of the people, it is now,” she said.
The opposition party has accused the government of looting the public by imposing higher taxes on Petrol and Diesel prices.