- Congress will launch 'Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan' campaign on inflation.
- Petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 80 paise a liter each on Saturday.
- "BJP continues - celebratory oath-taking, public suffers from inflation every day?" Surjewala said.
The Congress said that the party will launch 'Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan' campaign on the issue of inflation and fuel price hike from 31st March to 7th April, said Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in a press conference on Saturday. The protest will be launched in three phases.
Petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 80 paise a liter each on Saturday, the fourth increase in five days as oil firms passed on to consumers the spike in the cost of raw material.
Attacking the BJP after petrol and diesel prices were increased for the fourth time in five days, Congress had said that this "shameless fleecing" of the public must stop.
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the government over the rising prices of fuel, saying "King prepares for the palace, while subjects reel under inflation."
In a tweet in Hindi, Surjewala said, "Inflation in Modi government - 'date new, problem same. This morning also started with rising prices. Today again the rate was increased by Rs 0.80."
"Everyday a new rate of diesel/petrol in new India, four attacks in five days, loot of Rs. 3.2/L," he said.
"BJP continues - celebratory oath-taking, public suffers from inflation every day?" Surjewala said.
His remarks came a day after the BJP government headed by Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP won four out of the five assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab. The AAP came to power in Punjab.
Congress spokesperson Shama Mohamed said just this week, petrol and diesel prices have gone up by Rs 3.20 a litre.
"Fuel prices were kept constant for 4 months before elections and now hiked four times in just a week. This shameless fleecing of the public must stop!" she tweeted.