New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for one paisa drop in fuel prices. Gandhi termed the slashing of rates as a ‘childish prank in poor taste’.
The Congress party president tweeted, “Dear PM, You’ve cut the price of Petrol and Diesel today by 1 paisa. ONE paisa!?? If this is your idea of a prank, it’s childish and in poor taste. P.S. A ONE paisa cut is not a suitable response to the #FuelChallenge I threw you last week.”
You've cut the price of Petrol and Diesel today by 1 paisa. ONE paisa!??
If this is your idea of a prank, it’s childish and in poor taste.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 30, 2018
However, the Congress president is not the only one to take a sarcastic look at the ‘situation’. Several netizens took to Twitter to express their surprise over 1 paise cut on fuel price.
A full 1 paisa. Are they sure they can afford it? https://t.co/TJZYRdnOPX
— menaka doshi (@menakadoshi) May 30, 2018
Before petrol prices drop: The Walking Dead.
After petrol prices drop by 1 paisa: Still Walking Dead.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) May 30, 2018
Deeply touched by the generosity of the Government. They could have cut the price of fuel by half a paisa but being kind and caring they’ve cut it by a full paisa. The nation is eternally grateful. Thank you.
— SUHEL SETH (@Suhelseth) May 30, 2018
Modi Ji addressing Nation after Petrol and Diesel prices went down by full "one paisa/L" #BharatBachao
— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) May 30, 2018
— Ajaz 🍁 (@theajaz) May 30, 2018
Nehru is responsible, he introduced naya paisa https://t.co/A7LyIVXW2n
— Sandeep Choudhary (@sandylogy) May 30, 2018
After a continuous hike in the petrol and diesel price for 16 consecutive days, the rates saw ‘a drop’ of one paisa on Wednesday. The Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) in a statement clarified that the petrol price in Delhi was actually cut down by one paisa and not 60 paisa, as reported earlier.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday attributed the rising price to the increase in the cost of crude oil in the international market and the rupee-dollar exchange rate.
“Crude oil prices in international markets are beyond our control. We are making a long-term plan in this regard,” Pradhan said.