Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law and businessman Robert Vadra on Monday was seen riding a bicycle in the national capital in order to protest against the continuous surge in the fuel price levels witnessed in the country.
Vadra rode a bicycle from Delhi’s Khan Market to his office. He hit out at the Centre, saying the Prime Minister must come out from A/C cars and see how people are suffering, but all he does is blame others (previous governments) for everything and move on, he added.
Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders including PC Sharma, Jitu Patwari and Kunal Chaudhary also joined the initiative by Vadra. They were also spotted riding a bicycle to the state Legislative Assembly.
This comes as the prices of petrol and diesel are increasing continuously for several days. In some states, the price of petrol has even crossed the Rs 100 mark.
The petrol price saw an increase of 39 paise and is being sold at Rs 90.58 per litre in the national capital, while the price of diesel increased to Rs 80.97 per litre. In Mumbai, the price of petrol touched an all time high of Rs 97 per litre while diesel crossed Rs 88 mark.
Attacking the Modi-led Central government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the price of crude oil has not increased but has instead decreased. He tweeted that the Modi government is doing a great job of freeing your pockets and giving it to friends.
A day before, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi wrote to Modi, requesting him to follow Raj Dharma by partially rolling back the excise duty on petrol and diesel. She said the increase in the fuel prices was hurting farmers, the poor and middle salaries class, who are battling an unprecedented economic crisis, wage reductions, job losses, widespread unemployment, high prices and erosion of income.