Herald: Rahul dares PM for 'Fuel Challenge' to reduce spiralling fuel prices
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Rahul dares PM for 'Fuel Challenge' to reduce spiralling fuel prices

25 May 2018 05:14am IST
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25 May 2018 05:14am IST
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Reacting to PM accepting Virat Kohli’s ‘fitness challenge’, Gandhi tweets, ‘reduce fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so

PTI, NEW DELHI:Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today threatened to launch a nationwide stir if Narendra Modi failed to reduce the rising fuel prices in the country as he posed him a "fuel challenge", soon after the prime minister accepted an online fitness dare from cricketer Virat Kohli. 

"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'.

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.

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". 

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