NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday called the Modi government “autocratic” and accused it of profiteering at the expense of the country’s poor, farmers and middle class people. She also slammed the Modi government for being insensitive to the plight of the protesting farmers who have been demanding a repeal of the three farm laws.
“The country is standing at crossroads today for the first time in the history of independent India. On one hand, the country’s ‘annadata’ is standing on the borders of Delhi for the last 44 days in support of their legitimate demands, while the country’s autocratic, insensitive and ruthless BJP government is busy breaking the back of the poor, farmers and middle class,” she said in a statement.
Gandhi said the Modi government was, in the midst of a collapsing economy, “turning a disaster into an opportunity to fill its coffers.” She said despite lower international prices, the government has “broken all records of profiteering” by exorbitantly raising excise duty instead of passing on the benefits to common people, adding that every household was hurting due to the increased price of gas cylinders.
“I demand from the government that the rates of excise duty on petrol and diesel be made similar to that during the UPA regime and provide immediate relief to the affected people,” Gandhi said.
The Congress president also demanded an immediate repeal of the contentious farm laws.
Rahul Gandhi also accused the government of “looting” people by imposing heavy taxes on fuel and alleged that this was why fuel was not brought under GST.
“There has been unprecedented ‘development’ in prices of petrol and diesel. The Modi government is looting the public by charging heavy taxes on fuel. This is the reason why the government is not willing to bring petrol-diesel under GST,” he said on Twitter.