Patna: RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Friday compared fuel prices with that in neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal to attack the Centre for frequent rise in petrol and diesel prices.
Other RJD leaders claimed the central government was looting people of India in the name of charging tax on fuel. They said frequent rise in fuel prices had made people’s lives miserable.
RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh accused the Narendra Modi government of snatching the common man’s hard-earned money by increasing fuel prices every passing day.
“When you check at the international level, you will find petrol and diesel are cheaper in countries like Pakistan and Nepal. Even Pakistan purchases the fuel from outside the country and Nepal is dependent on us, they purchase from India. In Sri Lanka, too, it costs the same. Why is it so expensive in India,” Raghuvansh asked, seated next to RJD state unit president Ram Chandra Purbey at the party office.
Raghuvansh said the price of petrol in Indian currency is Rs 54.27, Rs 68 and Rs 63 respectively in Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. But the price in Patna has crossed Rs 82, as also in other states in India.
He said continuous rise in fuel prices had a cascading impact on essential commodities required in day-to-day life.
Raghuvansh asked why fuel price was not going down even though the price of crude oil was continuously dipping in the international market. He taunted the Narendra Modi government by citing the UPA government’s example.
“In the UPA regime, crude oil cost $140 a barrel and there was a lot of agitation when petrol price touched Rs 70 per litre,” Raghuvansh said. “When the Narendra Modi government was formed the price dipped to $40 a barrel but Modi just cut Rs 10. It proves that the government is doing some conspiracy and looting the people of Bihar for the past four years.”
On Friday, senior leaders of the party will hold a protest march in every district headquarters except Purnea division where elections are are scheduled in Araria district.
Courtesy: The Telegraph