CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president KS Alagiri on Tuesday said that the first 100kms of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra has rattled the ruling BJP.
Slamming the BJP led Union government for not transferring the benefit of decline in international crude price to the people, Alagiri said, “One should identify the people who blame the Bharat Jodo Yatra. People who question the yathra are the killers of Mahatma Gandhi. People who embrace Nathuram Godse’s principles, who did not hoist the tricolour flag for 52 years since Independence, who are linked to the murders of MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Gowri Lankesh are the ones raising questions about the yatra.”
Remarking that Rahul’s yatra unites divided people and he travels with the people and learns their sufferings directly, the TNCC chief said, “Unable to answer his queries, the BJP is trying the politics of diversion. BJP will not succeed in its effort.”
Claiming that people were extending overwhelming support to his yatra, Alagiri said, “The fall of the BJP, which is unable to tolerate public uprising, has started. Rahul’s first 100kms of the yatra has already rattled the BJP regime. It is the beginning of a major victory for Rahul.”
Pointing to the retail inflation (7%) hovering above the mark set by the RBI (6%) during the last seven months, Alagiri said that rise in price of essential commodities has adversely affected the middle class and poor of the country.
Alleging that the price of diesel and petrol has not been reduced despite a fall in international crude price in the last seven months, Alagiri sought to know if petrol and diesel prices were revised only for election or in accordance with international crude price.
Urging the Centre to reduce petrol and diesel prices by Rs 15 per litre and LPG price by Rs 150 per cylinder, the TNCC chief compared the current price with 2014 and claimed that the BJP-led Centre does not reduce fuel price because it has filled its coffer upto Rs 77 lakh crore through excise on fuel during the last eight years.