New Delhi, May 24: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted the fitness challenge by cricketer Virat Kohli, Congress president Rahul Gandhi threw another challenge at him saying reduce fuel prices or face countrywide protests.
In the wake of a surge in petrol and diesel prices, Gandhi dared Modi in a tweet. He said ” Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the Kohli’s fitness challenge. Here’s one from me: Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response”.
Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here’s one from me:
Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so.
I look forward to your response.#FuelChallenge
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 24, 2018
Earlier, Kohli had shared a fitness video of himself and extended a fitness challenge to the Prime Minister, in response to this PM said he will soon upload his fitness video. “Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon”, he tweeted.
Modi’s response came as fuel rates continue to touch new highs.
Today, petrol price was retailing at Rs 85.29 per litre in Mumbai, while in Delhi the price inched higher to a new record of Rs 77.47 per litre. Similarly, the diesel rates have also touched a high of Rs 68.53 and Rs 72.96 per litre in the national capital and Mumbai, respectively.
Across the four metro cities, prices increased around 30 paise on Tuesday. In Delhi and Mumbai, the fuel was sold at Rs 76.87 and Rs 84.70 per litre, up from Rs Rs 76.57 and Rs 84.40 respectively on Monday.
While on Wednesday, a litre of petrol in Mumbai was retailing at Rs 84.99, while in Delhi at Rs 77.17.
Despite the constant price hike, no solution from the central government has been offered yet.