Rahul Gandhi slams Central Govt over LPG price hike, inflation

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Central govement over the LPG price hike on Wednesday, saying that the rhetoric's sentiments sank with growing prices. "As inflation increased, so did rhetorical attitude, Rahul Gandhi said. He made his statements after the national oil marketing companies raised the price of a commercial 19kg LPG cylinder by Rs 100.50, bringing the new price to Rs 2,101 in Delhi.

This is the second-highest price of 19kg commercial cylinder after 2012-13 when it used to cost around Rs 2,200 per cylinder. Other residential cylinders weighing 14.2 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg composite, or 5 kg composite cylinders, on the other hand, have not seen a price hike. The price difference between a 14.2kg household cylinder and a 19kg commercial cylinder has widened. A 14.2kg domestic cylinder currently costs Rs 899.50 in the national capital, while a 19kg commercial cylinder costs Rs 2,101.

This may enhance the diversion of 14.2kg home gas cylinders to restaurants, tea stalls, and other businesses that make up the 19kg cylinder's largest user sector. On November 1, the price of a 19kg Commercial cylinder increased by Rs 266, bringing the total price to Rs 2,000.50. Prices for 19kg commercial cylinders increased by Rs 43 on October 1 and reduced by Rs 2.50 on October 6. Prices for these cylinders increased by Rs 75 on September 1.

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