The Congress kicked off a national level rally in Rajasthan on Sunday afternoon to protest against rising inflation across the country. Ahead of the meeting, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was seen welcoming Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi at Jaipur airport. Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will also be in attendance.
“You are here today because an LPG cylinder costs around Rs 1000, mustard oil costs around Rs 200 per litre, petrol and diesel prices are rising, and no one is listening to the troubles being faced by the common man,” said Priyanka at the rally. The Central government, she alleged, was “only about lies” and worked for “a few industrialists”.
“The amount of money they spend on advertisements, why don’t they give it to the farmers?” the Congress leader asked.
The Congress-led state is slated to hold Assembly elections in 2023. While the Congress had bagged 99 out of 199 seats in the 2018 polls to wrest power from the BJP in Rajasthan, the BJP has repeatedly insisted that they would form the government yet again in the upcoming polls. Last week, Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing a BJP state working executive committee meeting in Jaipur, exuded confidence that the party will win the polls with a two-thirds majority.