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‘Will the BJP open up about how corruption has bankrupted Uttar Pradesh?’: Priyanka Gandhi Slams Fuel Price Hike

Petrol and diesel prices in U.P. were hiked by Rs 2.5 and Rs 1 respectively from Monday midnight after the government increased Value Added Tax.

Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter to slam both the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh over the fuel price hike.

She wrote: “Ordinary citizens have been waiting for relief from this economic slowdown. They have been waiting for employment. While the BJP government, on the one hand, is wreaking havoc on the economy and destroying trade with its policies, on the other hand, it wields the whip of inflation on inflation on citizens.”

She further asked, “Will the BJP open up about how corruption has bankrupted Uttar Pradesh?”

Petrol and diesel prices in Uttar Pradesh were hiked by Rs 2.5 and Rs 1 respectively from Monday midnight as the government increased Value Added Tax (VAT). The state government reportedly said that the hike was necessary as the state had suffered a revenue loss of Rs 3000 crore after slashing VAT in October last year.

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The U.P. government’s decision has been slammed by other parties as well. Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati termed increase in petrol and diesel prices as a “cruel step” and asked the government to concentrate on peoples’ interest. She tweeted: “The massive increase in the price of petrol and diesel by UP’s BJP government is a cruel step which would increase inflation and take the bread out of mouth of crores of poor and middle class families.”

“It would further increase the misery of the people hit by poor law and order, inflation and unemployment. It is better if the government focuses on public interests,” she said.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav too said the decision would burden the people of the state and would increase their hardships. “Due to the decision, there would be a price rise. People who are already facing a flood situation will have to bear the rise in prices of essential commodities. Decreasing the VAT on fuel before Lok Sabha polls was a gimmick of the BJP government.”

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