'Hike in fuel prices a national disaster': Former Minister Ramanath Rai

Source: DHNS | Published on 9th September 2018, 3:12 PM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Mangaluru: Former minister B Ramanath Rai said increasing the petroleum product prices. despite the decreasing prices in the international market, is like looting the people and termed it as a national disaster.

Speaking to media persons on Saturday, he said, "The Centre should have reduced the prices of petrol and diesel when their prices reduced in the international market. Unfortunately by increasing the price of petrol and diesel, the (Prime Minister) Modi's government is increasing the burden on the common man.”

He charged, “Modi had promised Acche Din after coming to power and had also promised of reducing the prices of petrol and diesel. But even after the prices of petrol and diesel reached all-time high levels, Modi’s followers are silent over it. Even the cost of LPG cylinder has doubled from Rs 400 (during UPA tenure) to Rs 800 now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is silent on it.”

Rai said the Centre is favouring capitalists. The government has failed to respond to the woes of the poor. By looting money from poor, the government has been supporting the rich, he alleged.

“For all the problems in the country, the BJP and Modi have been pointing fingers at Jawaharlal Nehru and Manmohan Singh. What does the NDA government has been doing to check the rise in prices of petrol and diesel?. The rise in the price of petroleum products will, in turn, affect the price of essential commodities,” he said.

He appealed to various organisations to support the nationwide bandh call given by Congress in protest against the rise in the price of petroleum products. Already, organisations in Dakshina Kannada district have extended their support to the bandh call, he added.

Demanding a probe on Rafale deal, the District Congress Committee will stage a protest on September 11. The procession will be taken out from Shanthi Nilaya in Balmatta to the DC’s office, he said.

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