Tiwari told the press at Vikas Bhavan in Orai (Jalaun), “Today, there are just a handful of people who travel in four-wheel vehicles and use petrol. At present, 95% people don’t need petrol.” He was in the Orai district to hold a review meeting with officials.
Tiwari even argued that the rates of petrol and diesel have not really increased in real terms when the per capita income now was compared with that in 2014. He referred to the year when a BJP first came to power at the Centre.
The comments of the minister came when petrol rates has crossed over rupees 100 per liter across the country, and diesel prices hung close to that mark. The minister has alleged that the opposition didn’t have any real issue to attack the ruling government.
Tiwari referred to the government led by Centre and Uttar Pradesh and said, “You see the data before 2014. What is the per capita income after the formation of the Modi and the Yogi governments?” The minister also claimed, “Today, the per capita income is double."
Upendra Tiwari also referred to free schooling and the Covid-19 vaccination offered by the government and added that people are getting so much for free that a slight hike in fuel prices does not matter.