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Bengaluru, Sep 13 : Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah on Monday said blaming Congress for fuel price rise due to unpaid bills of oil bonds worth Rs 1.30 lakh crore by the previous UPA government is a lame excuse.
“The central government is lying to the people of the country. What they say is that they have increased the fuel prices because of the unpaid bills of oil bonds worth Rs 1.3 lakh crore by the UPA government and the hike in international crude oil prices,” he told reporters ahead of the legislature session.
“But, the truth is that the central government has earned Rs 25 lakh crore via taxes and duties on fuel. Where is Rs 1.30 lakh crore unpaid oil bond bills accrued by the UPA government and Rs 25 lakh crore taxes collected by the central government in last seven years. Where has the money gone? Can they not pay up the bills,” Siddaramaiah asked.
Comparing the fuel prices under NDA and UPA governments, Siddaramaiah said despite the international crude oil price being 69.72 dollars per barrel, the fuel price is Rs 106 per litre.
“During Mamnmohan Singh’s rule, the international crude oil price was 120 dollars per barrel, but the fuel price was Rs 69.72 per litre. Therefore, the central government is telling lies on the fuel price hike front,” he said.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah and KPCC President DK Shivakumar arrived at the Vidhana Soudha in bullock carts as a mark of protest against the fuel price rise.
The Congress had recently held a legislature party meeting chaired by Siddaramaiah in which it was decided to raise the issues of price rise, deteriorating law and order situation in the state and the distressing financial position of the state, among others.
Reacting to the bullock cart protest, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said “it would have been meaningful if the Congress could have held such a protest during the rule of the UPA when petrol prices rose up to 100 per cent.”
“They (Congress) have said that they will raise the issue in the assembly. I will give a fitting reply in the house,” he retorted.
Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar teased the Congress leaders for inconveniencing the bulls for staging protest, instead they could have staged a padyatra or cycle protest.
“People including me have suffered from traffic snarls due to this bullock cart protest. I have come 30 minutes late to the secretariat,” he added.
The BJP is ready for a debate over the fuel price hike issue in the house, Dr Sudhakar said.
“Let them discuss it in the house. We are ready for a long discussion on all the issues pertaining to fuel price rise, unpaid oil bonds bills etc,” he said.