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New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused the government of “profiteering” from the reduced price of crude oil and not adequately passing on the benefit to the common man.

Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh said here that international crude was selling at record low prices following lifting of sanctions on Iran but “the government continues to profiteer by fleecing the ordinary Indian”.

He said that the international crude oil price of Indian basket as published on Monday by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) was $26.40 per barrel, and prices have come down by 76 percent since the Narendra Modi government came to office on May 26, 2014.

“The price of crude was $108.05 on May 26, 2014, while the price of international crude was $26.40 on January 14, 2016. The price of diesel on the day was Rs.56.71 per litre and price of petrol was Rs.71.41 per litre,” Singh said, adding the present price of diesel in Delhi was Rs.44.18 per litre and that of petrol Rs.59.03 per litre.

Noting the that the price of diesel has come down by 22 percent only and that of petrol by 17.3 percent, he contended that since the prices of international crude have come down by 76 percent, the price of petrol and diesel should have also come down proportionately.

He said the government has already made a profit of Rs.2 lakh crore by reduced prices of crude.

“One wonders when will its thirst for profits end and when will the common farmer and citizen will benefit from the low prices of international crude?” he asked. (IANS)

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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