Launching a scathing attack on the Modi government over increasing fuel prices, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Centre is busy filling the pockets of its friends for free by emptying the pockets of the common man.

While accusing the BJP-led Central government of looting people by imposing high taxes on petrol and diesel, Rahul Gandhi demanded its rollback to provide relief to the common man from the onslaught of rising prices.

"When you see the fast moving meter while filling fuel in your car at the petrol pump, do remember that the crude oil rates have not risen but fallen," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

"Petrol is at Rs 100 a litre. The Modi government is doing the great work of emptying your pockets and filling the pockets of its friends," the Congress leader tweeted.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) are now wooing the refugee population in West Bengal ahead of the assembly elections. While Amit Shah will be dining with a refugee family on Thursday, the Mamata Banerjee government has started handing out land pattas to refugees.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be having lunch with a refugee family in Narayanpur of South 24 Parganas on Thursday, in a bid to portray that BJP is not against the refugee population and that CAA will work in their favour. The last leg of BJP’ ‘Poribartan Yatra’ is to begin from Namkhana.

TMC has termed Amit Shah’s Kolkata visit as a political stunt while the party advocates the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Mamata Banerjee administration has meanwhile started handing out land and pattas (certificates) to refugees while also recognising refugee colonies. The West Bengal chief minister is trying to win points in the wake of eviction notices on central government land while saying that the state government will not support eviction.

Mamata Banerjee had made the announcement during a cabinet meeting in January. There are reports of eviction notices issued in Bankura district, Ashoknagar and Habra in North 24 Parganas district.

“Why didn’t it take place in the past 10 years? They are doing this while we are looking for a permanent solution. People also know that elections are here and they are taking steps with that view. If they really wanted refugees to vote in the last 10 years, they would have done so,” said Dilip Ghosh a day ahead of Amit Shah’s Bengal visit.

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PM Narendra Modi in Kerala, Tamil Nadu Today Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of several projects in poll-bound states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and also hand over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army.

PM Modi in Tamil Nadu, Kerala Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the support of the country’s citizens in fight against Covid-19 pandemic. “Powered by 130 crore Indians, our fight against Covid-19 has been spirited,” he said at the launch of various developmental projects in Kerala’s Kochi. While delivering his speech in the poll-bound state, he also focussed on tourism sector and urged startups to come up with innovative tourism-related products. “I urge our young start-up friends to think about innovative tourism related products. I also urge you all to use this time and travel to as many nearby areas as possible,” he said.

Earlier in the day, he hailed the new developmental projects inaugurated in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai as “symbols of innovation and indigenous development,” and a step towards “Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” Addressing a gathering at Jawaharlal Stadium in Chennai, Modi also appreciated Tamil Nadu farmers for “record food grain production and use of water resources.”

On the second anniversary of the 2019 Pulwama Attack ,the Prime Minister paid his respects soldiers who lost their lives. “No Indian can forget this day. We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack,” PM said.

Before his address, Modi inaugurated and flagged off the train on the extended Phase 1 Chennai Metro Rail Project, completed at a cost of Rs 3,770 crore, and commissioned passenger services from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar. This project, Modi said, was completed on time despite Covid pandemic. Modi also laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System and the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.

Earlier in the day, Modi handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane during his visit to Chennai.

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