New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rising fuel prices, Rafale deal and the falling value of the Indian rupee. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi, in a poetic manner, wrote: “Saheb ka kamal dekho, Rafale ka ghotala dekho, Rupay ki tedhi chaal dekho, tel mein uchaal dekho.”
The tweet was followed by today’s diesel and petrol prices in Mumbai and Delhi. The petrol and diesel prices in Delhi on Saturday reached Rs 83.40 per litre (increase by 0.22) and Rs 74.63 per litre (increase by 0.21), respectively. Likewise in Mumbai, petrol price was recorded at Rs 90.75 per litre (an increase by 0.22) and diesel was at Rs 79.23 per litre (increase by 0.22), respectively.
A day before, Rahul Gandhi questioned the silence of PM Modi over the soaring fuel prices while by asking “whose pockets are being filled”. He also attacked the Modi government, once again, over the Rafale fighter plane deal before wrapping up his two-day visit to the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.
“Crude oil prices were 140 dollar per barrel in international market during the UPA regime. These rates have come down to 70 dollars (in global market) now. But, the prices of petrol and diesel in India have been going up,” he said, adding, “Whose pockets are being filled with high prices? Why is the prime minister not speaking on price rise of petrol and diesel?”
The opposition stepped up its attack on PM Modi after former French president Francois Hollande revealed that the Indian government had suggested the name of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence as the offset partner in the Rafale deal. “We did not have a say in that. The Indian government proposed this service group, and Dassault negotiated with Ambani. We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor we were given,” Hollande had said in an interview.