Mr. Siddaramaiah alleged that during Mr. Modi's regime, petroleum imports had crossed the import level of 43.81 million tonnes under the UPA regime.
Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah on Tuesday alleged that petroleum imports have increased under Narendra Modi's regime, although the Prime Minister has been blaming the previous UPA government for increasing the cost of fuel on the basis that earlier distribution reduced it The dependence on fuel imports did not do much for.
Seeking to bring an adjournment motion in the Assembly on the problems faced by the people due to rising prices of petroleum products, Mr. Siddaramaiah alleged that petroleum imports during the Modi regime under the UPA regime of 43.81 million tonnes crossed the import level Had taken.
He wondered why the government failed to reduce its dependence on petroleum imports despite seven years of BJP coming to power at the Center. “Under UPA II, petrol was priced at ₹ 57 a liter when crude was ruling at $ 125 per barrel. Now under the Modi regime, the price of petrol has increased to ₹ 94 per liter, when the price of crude oil is $ 55 per barrel.
“Currently the excise duty on petrol is 8 32.98 liters; On Diesel it stands at .8 31.83 liters, while at the end of the UPA II regime the liter is 9.21 liters (petrol) and ₹ 3.45 per liter (diesel).
Referring to the tweet by BJP leader and former Union Minister Subramanian Swamy that “Ram's petrol price is highest in India (India 94), compared to Sita's Nepal () 53) and Ravana's Lanka () 51”. The former chief minister wondered if this would happen is “Ram Rajya”.
Rejecting the request for consideration of the adjournment motion, Chairman Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri said he would allow the issue to be discussed for 30 minutes.
Mantras of ‘Jai Shri Ram'
Congress members chanted “Jai Shri Ram” in the assembly to take a sarcasm at the ruling BJP on their promise of creating a “Ram Rajya”.
Reacting to this, Home and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai commented, “We are happy to see Congress members chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram' at least now.”
Mr. Siddaramaiah said, “Ram is also ours.” I am a devotee of Rama. In fact, Rama is in my name only. “
Citing this, the Speaker wondered whether Mr. Siddaramaiah had donated funds for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Mr. Siddaramaiah said that he contributed to the construction of a Ram temple in his native village in Mysuru district.