As Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the Fitness Challenge thrown by cricketer Virat Kohli on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi posed another challenge before him to reduce the rising fuel prices in the country, else face a nationwide stir.
"Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here's one from me: Reduce fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response," Gandhi wrote on Twitter using the hashtag 'FuelChallenge'.
Dear PM,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 24, 2018
Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here’s one from me:
Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so.
I look forward to your response.#FuelChallenge
Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala also took a dig at Modi for remaining "silent" on the rising fuel prices, and posed a 'challenge' to him to utilise the Rs 10 lakh crore "looted" through central excise on petrol and diesel, for helping reduce the fuel prices and restore the "economic fitness" of the common man.
"Modiji is 'Maun' as fuel prices increase for 11th day in a row. His Union Minister threatens - if fuel prices fall, so will welfare spending. Will PM Modi accept the Nation's challenge to utilise the 10 lakh crore looted through central excise in 4 years to reduce fuel prices?
"Dear PM, Please accept the #FitnessChallenge to Restore the economic fitness of common man by reducing the runaway prices of Petrol/Diesel as you fleeced Rs 10 lakh crore in 4 years by raising excise 11 times," he said in a series of tweets.
"Also, restore the 'job fitness' of young by giving 2 crore jobs as promised," he said.
Dear PM,— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 24, 2018
Pl accept the #FitnessChallenge to-
1. Restore the economic fitness of common man by reducing the ruaway prices of Petrol/Diesel as you fleeced ₹10 Lakh Cr in 4 years by raising exise 11 times.
2. Restore the Job Fitness of young by giving 2 Cr jobs as promised.
2/3— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 24, 2018
Pl accept the #FitnessChallenge to-
3. Grant MSP Fitness of Cost+50% Profit to India’s farmers as you promised.
4. Anti Corruption fitness by bringing back ₹80 Lakh Cr of Black Money from abroad as you promised & punishing the corrupt in ur Govt for various scams
3/3— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 24, 2018
Pl accept the #FitnessChallenge of-
5. National Security Fitness by stopping Pak sponsored terrorism & Chinese incursion in Doklam,next to Arunanchal Border and elsewhere.
Nation must come first.
Pl forego the media stunts & accept the ‘Governance’ challenge.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi posed a "Tuticorn challenge" to Modi, saying, "Unfortunately the Prime Minister, Government of India, ruling party president... you are all running on a treadmill but not getting anywhere".
"You may be all fit for cameras or fit for 'jumlas' but are you fit for governance, the answer is clearly 'No' because both the Government and governance has retired hurt," he said.
Singhvi said it was strange that the prime minister was maintaining "silence" on the challenges of Tuticorin and women security, but had time to throw a counter-challenge on fitness.
Congress leader and former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot asked the prime minister to respond to the challenge posed by Rahul Gandhi.
"Waiting for PM's response to Rahul ji's challenge," he said.
Surjewala also challenged the prime minister to grant remunerative prices to farmers for their produce and bring back the Rs 80 lakh crore black money stashed abroad.
He also dared him for a "national security fitness" by stopping Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and Chinese incursion in Dokalam, and accept the "governance challenge".
"Dear PM, Pl accept the #FitnessChallenge to Grant 'MSP Fitness' of Cost+50% Profit to India's farmers as you promised...'Anti Corruption fitness' by bringing back Rs 80 lakh crore of black money from abroad as you promised and punishing the corrupt in your government for various scams," Surjewala said.
The Congress leader added that "nation must come first" and asked the prime minister to forego "media stunts" and accept the "governance challenge".
(With agency inputs)