A day after the centre hiked the price of LPG cylinders in the national capital by Rs. 50 – a non-subsidised cylinder will now cost Rs. 769 the Congress has lashed out at “Narendra Modi’s ruthless and immoral government…is breaking the back of every housewife and the common man.”
The opposition party drove its point home at a press conference on Monday morning, which began with two 14.2 LPG cylinders the non-subsided units of which have seen four price hikes over the past three months – being hoisted atop the briefing table.
“Narendra Modi’s ruthless and immoral government is not only being unjust to farmers but is now breaking the back of every housewife and common man,” the Congress’ Supriya Shrinate said.
“In 10 days, the price of LPG cylinder has increased by Rs. 75. On February 4 it was increased by Rs. 25 and now from February 15, it has been increased by Rs. 50,” she added.
“Not only has this, since December 202 the price increased by Rs. 175 in 2 months you will remember there were two increases of Rs. 50,” she added. “This cylinder which sold in Delhi for Rs. 594 in December, today sells for Rs. 769.”
Presently, the centre subsidises the purchase of 12 cylinders of 14.2 kg each per household every year. The customers have to make any additional purchases of LPG cylinders at the market price.
The Congress demands, Ms. Shrinate said, that the centre roll back the price hikes and the increase in excise duty, which was imposed earlier this month during the union budget presentation.
The party also flagged petrol and diesel prices; both were hiked today for a seventh straight day.
“As you all know, petrol and diesel prices have crossed Rs. 100 whether it is petrol, diesel or LPG prices, it affects both the rich and the poorest but the government does not care,” she said pointing out the centre has raised excise duties a dozen times so far and earned Rs. 24 lakh crore.
The Congress spokesperson said, “The same excise duty in our government was Rs. 3.50 per litre for diesel. For petrol, it was Rs. 9 per litre. Only by withdrawing this, will the general public will get huge relief.”