Congress president Rahul Gandhi has posted a video attacking the Prime Minister over the skyrocketing fuel prices, which earlier in the week touched historic highs.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi has written:
"The poor & the middle class bear the brunt of rising fuel prices. In this video, our PM is quite obviously talking about some other country. #PeTrolled"
The attached video contains clips of an earlier address by PM Modi where he asks the gathered audience whether or not Petrol and Diesel prices dropped and whether or not some of their money was saved. Each time the Prime Minister asks a question, the clip changes to Bollywood actor Salman Khan laughing on a comedy show.
The titling of the video reads "The King of Misinformation On Petrol and Diesel Prices"
Earlier, when asked by reporters about the high prices, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the Central government had reduced Excise duty shortly earlier from which the consumer had benefited but, more importantly, issued a two front appeal, saying that it was also up to the states, based on their requirement, to give relief to citizens, and in broader terms, the responsibility of the GST council to bring petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had also taken on the government over the high fuel rates:
Petrol prices on Monday hit a four-year high of Rs 73.73/litre while diesel rates touched an all-time high of Rs 64.58/litre in the national capital, renewing calls for the government to slash excise duty on oil import.