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Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi as fuel prices rise.

Amid the rising fuel prices across the country, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday (February 21, 2021) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that they are at a historic and unsustainable high.

In a three-page long letter, Sonia Gandhi said, “I write to you to convey every citizen’s anguish and deep distress regarding the spiralling fuel and gas prices. On one hand, India is witnessing systematic erosion of jobs, wages and household income. The middle class and those at the margins of our society are struggling. These challenges have been compounded by runaway inflation and an unprecedented rise in the price of almost all household items and essential commodities.”

The Congress chief added, “Sadly, in these distressing times, the government has chosen to profiteer off people’s misery and suffering.”

This is to be noted that the petrol price had touched an all-time high of Rs 97 per litre in Mumbai on Saturday while diesel rate crossed Rs 88-mark. In the national capital, petrol was sold at Rs 90.58 a litre.

This was reportedly the 12th straight day of price hike and the largest daily increase since oil companies started to revise rates on a daily basis in 2017.

Writing on the issue, Gandhi said that petrol has breached the Rs 100 per litre mark in many parts of the country and the surging price of diesel has added to the ‘escalating woes of millions of farmers’.

She said, “What baffles most citizens, is that these prices have been increased despite moderate prices of international crude oil. To put it in context, the crude oil price is nearly half of what it was during the UPA government’s tenure. Therefore, your government’s act of raising prices (continuously for 12 days till February 20th) is little less than a brazen act of profiteering.”

“What is equally distressing is that despite being in power for almost seven years now, the government continues to blame previous regimes for its own economic mismanagement,” Sonia Gandhi wrote to PM Narendra Modi.

“To set the record straight, domestic crude oil production has fallen to an 18-year low in 2020,” Gandhi said and added that the Governments are elected to ease the burden of people and at the very least, not work directly contrary to their interests.

“I urge you to roll back these increases and pass on the benefit to our middle and salaried class, our farmers and poor and our fellow citizens.
It is they who are battling an unprecedented economic slowdown, widespread unemployment, wage reductions and job losses, high prices and erosion of income,” the senior Congress leader wrote in her letter.

“I hope you will agree that it is time for your government to focus on solutions instead of looking for excuses. India deserves better,” Gandhi said.




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