New Delhi: Congress on Monday dubbed the Narendra Modi dispensation as "government of pickpockets", saying the benefits of unprecedented fall in global crude prices were not been passed on to the common man.
As a result, it said, petrol costs more than Aviation Turbine Fuel used by planes.
Seeking to paint the government as anti-poor, Congress accused it of "shameless profiteering" and "betraying" the people by refusing to reduce the prices of petrol.
"Petrol for common man costs more than the Aviation Turbine Fuel used in planes. It is a government of pickpockets (Ab ki bar, jeb katronki sarkar)," the party said on its Twitter account.
Earlier, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters here that "more painful" today was the fact that the price of petrol paid by the common man is Rs 61.33 per litre as against price of aviation fuel which is Rs 52.42 per litre,
Terming it as "most shocking", he said the government is "anti-poor and anti-farmer" as he accused it of "shameless profiteering" and "betraying" the people by refusing to reduce the prices of Petrol.
"Will the BJP and Modi answer the fundamental reason for this grave injustice to the people where they pay more for fuel in ordinary scooter/motorcycle/car/tractor as compared to the Aviation Turbine Fuel used by airplanes," he asked.
Seeking to paint the government pro-rich, he said the "irony" is that the price of aviation fuel has been reduced by 31.24 per cent as against a "mere reduction" of 15.73 per cent and 11.38 per cent in prices of petrol and diesel, respectively.
This, he said, was "most shocking and painful" in view of the fact that since formation of the BJP government on May 26 last year, international prices of crude have fallen from 110.55 dollars per barrel to 56 dollars per barrel, a reduction of 50 per cent on May prices.