Netta D’Souza later tweeted the video where Smriti Irani is also seen recording the encounter on her cell phone
Union Minister Smriti Irani was caught unawares today in a Delhi-Guwahati flight when questioned about the rise in fuel prices. Her interrogator was Netta D’Souza, the acting chief of Congress women’s wing.
Ms D’Souza later tweeted the video where the minister is also seen recording the encounter on her cell phone.
The caption of her tweet, where the minster was also tagged, read, “Faced Modi Minister @smritiirani ji, enroute to Guwahati. When asked about Unbearable Rising Prices of LPG, she blamed Vaccines, Raashan & even the poor! Do watch the video excerpts, on how she reacted to common people’s misery!”
In the video, the Congress leader questioned Ms Irani as the passengers were deboarding the flight.
Ms Irani initially said the Congress leader was “blocking the way”. Asked about the shortage of cooking gas and “stoves without gas”, the minister is heard saying “please don’t lie”.
Later, she is heard saying that she is being “accosted”.
The price of petrol has been hiked 115 times in 16 days, pushing up by prices by ₹ 10 a litre. There has been no hike in the last two days.
In Delhi, a litre of petrol is now being sold at ₹ 105.41, while diesel is being sold at ₹ 96.67 a litre.
In Mumbai — where fuel prices are the highest among the four metros — petrol is retailed at ₹ 120.51 per litre while diesel is being sold at ₹ 104.77 per litre.
Fuel rates held steady for over four months despite the spike in crude oil prices. The opposition has claimed that it is a poll tactic of the BJP, which retained al four states where elections were recently held.
Attributing the price rise to the Russia-Ukraine war, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said the increase in India worked out to be only 5 per cent compared to countries like the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, and Sri Lanka, where prices have gone up by 50 per cent.
The hike in petrol prices, he added, was very low in India in the aftermath of the war.