New Delhi: Slamming the Central government over the hike in oil prices, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said he had requested the PMO to pass on the benefit of the global oil price crash to Indian consumers by slashing the prices of petrol and diesel in the country. Also Read - Lower Oil Prices to Provide Tailwinds to Indian Economy: Kotak
“Just 3 days ago I had requested PMO to pass on the benefit of the global oil price crash to Indian consumers, by slashing the prices of petrol and diesel in India. Instead of heeding this advice, our genius has gone and hiked excise duty on fuel,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. Also Read - Crude Oil Prices Jump up 11%, Russia Says Talks With OPEC May Continue
Along with the tweet, Rahul has also shared a video of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing a press meet.
Prior to this, Priyanka Gandhi had also slammed the Centre over the oil price hike, asking why the government had failed to provide relief to common people at a time when international prices of crude oil were at an all-time low.
Rahul also accused Prime Minister Modi of being too busy in destabilising an elected government to notice a crash in global oil prices this week.
“Hey @PMOIndia, while you were busy destabilising an elected Congress Govt, you may have missed noticing the 35 per cent crash in global oil prices. Could you please pass on the benefit to Indians by slashing #petrol prices to under 60? per litre? Will help boost the stalled economy,” Rahul had said.
The Congress earlier had slammed the Central government for the hike and accused it of indulging in profiteering.
The development comes after the Central government on Saturday increased the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre and road cess by Re 1, effectively a Rs 3 per litre hike on both commodities.
As per updates, the petrol in the national capital on Saturday was selling at Rs 69.87 per litre while diesel is costing Rs 62.58 per litre.
The decision to hike the oil price from the Central government comes amid steep fall in global crude oil in a bid by the government to mop up additional money as it battles weak revenues.