Ever since Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister, many of his old statements made on social media primarily to embarrass the then UPA government have come to haunt him.
Modi had made big claims on depreciation of rupee against the dollar and slammed the UPA government for its failure to bring back the black money from Swiss banks. His failure to fulfill his poll promises have meant that Modi has had to face continuous humiliation from social media users and political rivals, who’ve been only too nimble-footed to dig out his old tweets.
Latest in the series is the deputy chief minister of Bihar and Lalu Yadav’s younger son Tejashwi Yadav. The young Yadav, in his tweet on Saturday took a potshot on Modi for the latter’s decision to hike petrol and diesel prices soon after the parliament’s Winter session came to an abrupt end.
Yadav said, “Sir @narendramodi Ji…Time to contemplate & implement.. Hw can one lie & mislead so Loud & Confidently time again in broad daylight?” (sic)
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) December 17, 2016
Modi, on 23 May 2012, had slammed the then Manmohan Singh government for having raised the petrol prices ‘a day after’ the parliament session had ended.
In his familiar style, Modi had likened the move to ‘rebuke to the dignity of Parliament.’
He had tweeted, “This decision to hike #petrol prices taken a day after the ending of Parliament session is a stinging rebuke to the dignity of Parliament.”
This decision to hike #petrol prices taken a day after the ending of Parliament session is a stinging rebuke to the dignity of Parliament.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2012
Yadav, through his tweet, sought to highlight the perceived hypocrisy in the stand taken by Modi while in opposition to now when he’s heading a stable government and has taken almost identical decision on petrol prices.
Petrol price on Friday was hiked by Rs 2.21 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.79 per litre, excluding local levies.
The price revision was to come into effect on Thursday, but was deferred possibly to save the demonetisation-battered government from any blushes in Parliament. The revised rates will be effective from Friday night.
This increase excluded local levies. The actual hike after considering VAT would be Rs 2.84 per litre in Delhi for petrol and Rs 2.11 for diesel.
After the hike, petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 68.94 per litre from midnight tonight as against Rs 66.10 currently, said Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer.
Similarly, a litre of diesel will cost Rs 56.68 as compared to Rs 54.57 now.