Rahul pooh-poohs Unlock 1, says it only raised COVID cases, oil prices

With petrol and diesel prices seeing a ₹10.49 hike per litre in 18 days in a row, the Congress has criticised the Centre for overburdening the common man who is already fighting the pandemic

Rahul has been criticizing the Centre on its handling of the pandemic and the border conflict with China. Photo: PTI

In a continuation of his barbs at the central government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday (June 24) mocked at the government’s Unlock 1 measure, devised to open the economy after the nationwide lockdown, by stating that it has unlocked COVID-19 cases and oil prices instead.

“The Modi government has “unlocked” both the corona pandemic and the prices of petrol and diesel,” Rahul said in a tweet, attaching a graph of surging oil prices and COVID cases to substantiate his claim.

The Congress has been critical of the Centre’s handling of the pandemic, the resultant decline of the economy and the recent border issue with China at Ladakh, which claimed the lives of 20 soldiers.


Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Tuesday (June 23) had said the Centre’s “mismanagement” and “wrong policies” had led to the current COVID, economic and border crises.

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She said instead of helping businesses with a “massive fiscal stimulus” and putting money in the hands of the poor, the government is “adding insult to injury by mercilessly raising petrol and diesel prices for 17 consecutive days, at a time when the world prices of crude oil have fallen.”

The price of petrol and diesel have seen a hike of ₹10.49 per litre in the past 18 days. The country on Wednesday recorded yet another single-day spike of 15,968 cases and 468 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 4,56,183.

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