After fuel prices increase across the country, Congress leaders including Robert Vadra rides a bicycle to demonstrate their outrage against the central government. On Monday, Vadra rides a bicycle from Khan Market to his office in protest against the rising fuel prices. He urged the Prime Minister to come out of his AC car and look after the matter. “You (PM) must come out from A/C cars & see how people are suffering & perhaps then you’d reduce fuel prices… All he does is blame others (previous government) for everything & move on” said Robert Vadra.
Also in Bhopal, Congress leaders PC Sharma, Jitu Patwari and Kunal Chaudhary ride bicycle to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Dayanidhi Maran, DMK MP also took part in a demonstration against the LPG price hike at Valluvar Kottam in Tamil Nadu. Citing the reason behind the price hike, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said “less fuel production by manufacturing countries to gain more profit, is one of the reasons behind the price hike.”
Petrol prices remain unchanged on Monday in the capital city. Petrol stands at Rs 90.58 and diesel at Rs 80.97 in New
Delhi according to a price notification from oil marketing companies. In Bangalore, petrol and diesel prices stayed at Rs 93.61 and Rs 85.54 respectively. In Kolkata, the retail price of petrol was stable at Rs 91.78.
Earlier on Sunday, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convey every citizen’s anguish and deep distress regarding the spiralling fuel and gas price in the country.
After the collective political outcry, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the Centre and state governments will have to work together a mechanism to bring retail rates to reasonable levels. She added, ” This is a very vexatious issue. An issue in which no answer except reducing the price (of fuel) will convince anyone. I know I am treading on an area and whatever I may say, to bring the reality into the picture, will only sound like I am obfuscating. I am avoiding my answer.”
She said this while addressing a gathering at an event organised by the Chennai Citizens’ Forum last week.