Center Responsible for Rise in Petrol, Diesel Prices; Says RJD Leader

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh at a press conference in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national Vice President Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, accused the Central government of 'robbing' the public by intentionally spiking the prices of petrol and diesel across the country.

"The Narendra Modi government has been in power for over four years now and in all these four years, prices of petrol and diesel have steadily gone up. The entire nation is feeling the brunt of it. Even countries like Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have lower petrol prices than India. This is because the hike in price is completely man-made and the Central government is solely responsible for it," Singh said.

To further make his point, the RJD leader said that during the UPA government, the price of crude oil was $140 per gallon but in India, petrol was being sold for Rs. 70 per liter. But during the Narendra Modi administration, crude oil dropped to $40 per gallon but petrol was still being sold for Rs. 60 per liter.

It is not clear if Singh mis-spoke when he said $140 per gallon when he meant to say $140 per barrel of crude oil or he just did not have facts on his hand. The distinction is important because one barrel generally means about 42 US gallons.

The RJD leader said the party leaders and workers would take out an 'Akrosh Rally' on Saturday between the party office on Birchand Patel Marg and the Dak Bungalow Crossing where they will burn the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in protest of skyrocketing fuel prices.


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