Maharashtra Congress Party President Nana Patole (Photo/ANI)
Maharashtra Congress Party President Nana Patole (Photo/ANI)

Maharashtra Congress President asks Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar to tweet on rising fuel prices

ANI | Updated: Feb 18, 2021 16:52 IST

Bhandara (Maharashtra) [India], February 18 (ANI): Maharashtra Congress Party President Nana Patole on Thursday said popular Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar should tweet on the current fuel price rise.
"Former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh ji as PM kept fuel prices low despite a surge in crude oil prices in the global market. Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar tweeted at that time demanding fuel be sold for Rs 5-10. The way, current Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is hiking fuel prices, why aren't they tweeting now?," said Patole.
Patole also said these actors are public figures and must be held accountable.

"Are they (actors) under the central government's pressure? Those who don't speak up for people who buy tickets to watch them, their movies won't be watched in Maharashtra nor will shooting take place. This isn't a threat. It's about democracy and you are public idols and hold accountability," said the Maharashtra Congress Chief.
As the fuel prices continued its upward spiral, SC Mishra, former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on February 15 said the economic situation has improved since 2020 and the central government should have given a relief of Rs 12 per litre on petrol and Rs 14 per litre on diesel to the common man.
Mishra underlined the fact that the government had raised the taxes on petrol by Rs 12 per litre and on diesel Rs 14 per litre, twice in March and May 2020, to garner extra revenue.
Adding to this, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman levied an additional agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess (AIDC) of Rs 2.5 per litre on petrol and Rs 4 per litre on diesel in the Union Budget presented on February 1.
On February 12, newly elected state Congress president Nana Patole formally accepted the post from outgoing state party chief Balasaheb Thorat in Mumbai. (ANI)