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BJP govt is anti-poor and anti-middle class: P Chidambaram on oil prices

Narendra Modi has betrayed people's trust, says Congress on increased petrol and diesel prices

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Monday demanded that petrol and diesel be brought under the Goods and Service (GST) regime, and accused the of "betraying" the trust of the common people and "miserably failing" to curtail rise in

Senior P Chidamabaram dubbed the BJP government as "anti-poor" and "anti-middle class" as these sections have to bear the burden of high

He also alleged that the BJP government believed in "cruel taxation" and "imprudent borrowing".

Noting that had fallen from USD 108 in May 2014 to USD 77 in April 2018, the former minister asked, "Why are petrol and diesel prices today higher than prices in May 2014?"

He tweeted: 


communications in-charge said the was "unmoved" and "unresponsive" to the pain of the common people suffering the brunt of

"The government has betrayed the trust that the common people had bestowed on it. It has miserably failed to curtail the rise in and busy filling the treasury coffers at the expense of the ordinary citizens.

"We have demanded in the past and we again reiterate our demand that petrol and diesel must be brought under the GST," he said in a statement.

He tweeted: 


The Congress said with diesel price shooting up directly as the lifeline of farmers is at a historic high and petrol's continuous rise burns holes in the pockets of people.

"Narendra Modi's previous tweets on petrol and diesel prices now mock us in the face and serve as a constant reminder that one should never trust the BJP and its tall promises. Only one year is left, and people of will definitely vote this Government out!" he said.

He also accused the BJP of profiteering at the cost of common people, alleging that while international have come down by more than 30 per cent, the BJP government has earned a windfall of Rs 7.35 lakh crore by levying various central taxes on petrol and diesel.

"Where has the money gone? Instead of passing the benefit to ordinary Indians, they got brutally taxed by BJP," he said.

First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 23:16 IST