It's Diwali, and inflation is at an all-time high: Rahul Gandhi slams the Modi government.

On Wednesday, Congressman Rahul Gandhi took a jab at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, stating that "inflation is at its peak during the season of Diwali."
Rahul Gandhi

In the wake of a dramatic increase in fuel and gasoline prices across the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on Wednesday, claiming that "inflation is at its highest during Diwali."

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said in Hindi, which basically translates to English as, "It's the festival of lights, Diwali. Inflation is at an all-time high. This isn't a joke. I wish the Modi government had a public-spirited heart."

Congress and Rahul Gandhi have accused the administration of extortion in the name of fuel and diesel taxation.

On Monday, the Congress leader lashed out at the government, warning citizens to be wary of "pickpockets."

"Be on the lookout for pickpockets," he warned in a Hindi tweet with the hashtag "#TaxExtortion."

With his tweet, the former Congress head quoted a news story claiming that petrol prices in several states have surpassed Rs 120 per liter and that the Centre earned Rs 2.3 lakh crore in fuel taxes in 2018-19 and Rs 2.58 lakh crore in 2017-18.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot criticized the Centre on Tuesday, saying the Modi administration has given citizens inflation as a Diwali present.

He further stated that the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', which was held to mark India's 75th anniversary of independence, will be remembered for a record spike in petrol, diesel, and LPG prices.

"Looking at how the prices of petrol, gasoline, LPG, edible oil, and vegetables are rising, it appears that the Modi government has given the people a Diwali gift of inflation," Gehlot tweeted.