NEW DELHI: BJP chief and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan hit out on the Congress on Monday, saying the central authorities is utilizing the tax income earned from the petrol and diesel sale to fund welfare programmes for the poor and never for any “son-in-law or Rajiv Gandhi Basis“.
Pradhan’s barb on the Congress got here after the opposition occasion president, Sonia Gandhi, attacked the BJP-led authorities for elevating gas costs 22 occasions for the reason that lockdown, accusing it of “extorting” individuals, and sought a direct rollback of the hikes.
Hitting again, Pradhan mentioned Gandhi appears to have forgotten that states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, the place the Congress is in energy by itself or with allies, have additionally hiked VAT on petrol and diesel and burdened individuals.
As a substitute of doing politics over the problem, the Congress chief ought to get factual data from these states, he mentioned in a press release, including that the Centre and states are utilizing the cash to satisfy challenges being posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pradhan mentioned, “The tax earned from petrol and diesel is being spent on healthcare, producing employment and giving individuals monetary safety. The BJP authorities makes use of individuals’s cash for the poor’s welfare via direct profit switch. It’s not just like the Congress, which might use the income for welfare of a son-in-law and the Rajiv Gandhi Basis (RGF).”
“Sonia Gandhi is saying so as a result of the Congress has for generations used energy to switch cash meant for presidency schemes to financial institution accounts of son-in-law and the RGF,” he alleged.
The BJP has focused Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra for alleged doubtful land offers and has additionally been elevating the problem of donations to the RGF to assault the Congress.
Pradhan mentioned the worldwide financial system is present process a disaster because of the pandemic, which has additionally posed demand and provide points for petroleum merchandise.
The widespread client has not been affected a lot by the current hike in oil merchandise as, he mentioned, their demand had gone down by 70 per cent in April and Could earlier than it was revived in June after the ‘unlock’ started.
When a household faces a disaster, then its members prepare monetary sources to cope with it, he mentioned, including that the current hike in oil merchandise must be seen in an analogous method.
Gandhi charged the federal government with profiteering on the expense of individuals, saying its responsibility was to assist them in occasions of disaster and never make income out of their hard-earned cash.
Collaborating within the Congress’ “Converse Up Towards Gas Hike” marketing campaign throughout the nation, she mentioned on the one hand, the Covid-19 pandemic was wreaking havoc and on the opposite, the rise in petrol and diesel costs was making life very tough for the individuals.