Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that the sharp rise in the prices of all essential goods, due to the unholy alliance between the Modi Government at the Centre and the Arvind Government in Delhi with hoarders and black marketeers, has made the lives of the poor and ordinary people unbearable, as they have been hemmed from all sides, with the prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas, vegetables and cooking oils going beyond their purchasing power. He said that when Congress was in power, it used to make regular market interventions to regulate the prices, and keep a close watch on profiteers and black marketeers, both at the wholesale and retail sections.

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Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here today, Shri Haroon Yusuf, who held the Food and Civil Supplies Department during the Congress regime, said that the Sheila Dikshit Government would always  keep a sharp eye on  hoarders and black marketeers to keep the prices of all essential goods under check, and did not allow them to cash in on people’s misery by creating artificial shortage for profiteering.

Shri Haroon Yusuf demanded the urgent intervention of Prime Minister Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind in keeping the prices of all essential goods under check. Flaunting a packet of cooking oil, manufactured by an Adani company, Shri Haroon Yusuf said that a litre of mustard oil, which is the medium of cooking for the poor people, cost Rs 124 before the Corona pandemic lockdown on March 19, 2020, and a year later, on October 19, 2021, the same oil costs Rs 191— 54% jump.  

Shri Haroon Yusuf said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind, who went to Uttarakhand and Goa promising Rs 5,000 unemployment allowance to the jobless youth and 300 units of free power to households, should implement these promises first in Delhi, instead of misleading the people of other States with false promises to get their votes.

Shri Haroon Yusuf said that during the Congress regime in Delhi, when prices of certain vegetables like onion, potato and tomato soared at the retail market, the Government setup special stalls to sell these items at affordable rates, at least Rs 25 less than in the markets. He said that the Arvind Government should also emulate the Congress’ example by opening stalls to sell essential items to keep the prices under check, but the AAP Government seems to have abjured its responsibility towards people’s welfare. He also requested Chief Minister Arvind to spare some time for Delhi too, from his busy schedule of politicking in Assembly election-bound States.

Shri Haroon Yusuf said that such an unprecedented price rise of all the goods, due to the frequent hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel, had never been witnessed in Delhi, with the BJP and AAP Governments doing nothing to check the price rise. He said that Delhiites, devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, are now struggling to keep themselves alive as they don’t have any income to buy essential goods at exorbitant rates. He said that when Congress was in power, Re 1 hike in the price of petrol would make headlines, but now a Rs 5 hike for a litre of petrol makes no news, as petrol, diesel and cooking gas had become unaffordable for the common people a long time ago.