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Rahul attacks govt over fuel price rise, says it is in ‘panic mode’

Rahul Gandhi also said that countries like China were taking advantage of India's diminishing economy.

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said government is in a ‘panic mode’, as he attacked the Narendra Modi government over rising fuel prices.

Rahul Gandhi also said that countries like China were taking advantage of India’s diminishing economy.

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“The government has a new concept of GDP – increase in GDP means increase in Gas, Diesel, Petrol prices. The government has earned Rs. 23 lakh Crore through this ‘GDP’. Country is bearing a massive cost as a result of this massive increase,” Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“People are angry. The voice is being systematically suppressed. The anger is rising, the reaction will be massive,” he said.

He also said that the economic issues were arising out of structural problems.

“The problems are arising out of structural failures. Government is panicking,” he said.

“Seeing that our prime minister is in panic mode, China is scheming against India. They are thinking India is in economic crisis, leadership crisis, so they can take away whatever they want,” he said, adding that any rise in international crude oil prices can throw the nation further in turmoil.

Taking a jibe at the government, he said while the people were getting ‘demonetised’, a few friends of the government were getting monetised.

“There is a new economic paradigm, demonetisation and monetisation. Who is getting demonetized? It is the farmers, workers, MSMEs, salaried class, government employees and honest industrialists who are getting demonetised, and four or five, or you may even say just two friends of the government are getting monetised,” Rahul Gandhi added.

On Wednesday, the government hiked the price of the domestic cylinders by Rs. 25, a second hike within 15 days.

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