Union Minister Blames Congress Government for High Petrol Prices

BJP leaders meet in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, speaking at a function to mark the 43rd anniversary of the imposition of Emergency by the then Prime Minister Mrs. India Gandhi, put the blame squarely on the shoulder of the Congress saying it left a loan of Rs. 1.44 lakh crore on petroleum products that the government was still paying back along with an interest of Rs. 70,000 crore.

"With nearly Rs. 2 lakh crore of loan that we are still paying, it led to high prices of petroleum products in India. Up till now we had refrained from making this information public but it is time the public knew the truth," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

Raking up old scams like 2G, Coalgate, and Commonwealth under the UPA government, Pradhan said by the time Narendra Modi government came into power, Congress Party had left the country in financial tatters resulting in high prices of everything, including petroleum products.

"The truth is, Congress left huge debt for its successor thanks to its culture of corruption. Because of this, entities like Supreme Court of India, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had raised questions about the sincerity and intentions of the UPA government," he said.

Pradhan then went on to credit Prime Minister for making deals with the OPEC nations saying it was due to Narendra Modi that these oil-producing countries agreed to produce an additional one million barrel each year to keep prices of oil low for developing countries like India.

Other BJP leaders present on the occasion included Ram Kripal Yadav, Dr. C P Thakur, Mangal Pandey, Sushil Kumar Modi, Prem Kumar, Nityanand Rai and others.

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