New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday slammed Rajasthan Minister Rajkumar Rinwa‘s statement on fuel prices hike saying that such remarks show the arrogant nature of the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership and how they are insensitive to the needs and sufferings of the people.

“Such remarks from BJP leadership tell you they are very arrogant, they are insensitive to the needs of people. When people are suffering, they are making it worse by such outlandish statements,” news agency ANI quoted Sachin Pilot as saying.

Congress party’s remarks have come hours after Rinwa came with a plan to deal with the rise in fuel prices across the country. “Cut down on other expenses, lower expenditure,” he had said, adding, “Fuel prices are tied to crude oil prices in the world market. People don’t understand that the crude prices are high and they should lower other expenses.”

The Congress party on Monday led a nation-wide bandh to protest against the steep rise in diesel and petrol prices and the falling value of the rupee against the dollar. Congress leader Ajay Maken said the party wants petrol and diesel to be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which would decrease the price by Rs 15-18.

While the political parties such as Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the nationwide shutdown, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said although it was against the fuel price hike, it would not support the Bandh.

Even as the Congress and other parties protested against the rising fuel prices, they set new record highs on Monday. Petrol in Delhi rose by 23 paise to Rs 80.73 per litre, while it rose by 22 paise, 25 paise and 23 paise in Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai to Rs 83.61, Rs 83.91 and Rs 88.12 a litre respectively, as per the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) website.

Diesel prices, on the other hand, rose by 22 paise in Delhi and Kolkata to Rs 72.61 and Rs 75.46 per litre respectively. In Chennai and Mumbai, the price of diesel rose by 23 paise a litre to Rs 76.75 and Rs 77.09 per litre, respectively.