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Dear PM, Glad To See You Accept Fitness Challenge, Now Accept Fuel Challenge: Rahul Gandhi

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| May 24 , 2018 , 17:27 IST

Fuel prices in India continue to rise, resulting in outrage across the nation as on Thursday the price of petrol reached Rs 85.29 per litre in Mumbai and Rs 77.47 per litre in Delhi.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accepting a fitness challenge from India skipper Virat Kohli but not working on reducing fuel prices. Rahul Gandhi issued a 'Fuel Challenge' to the PM, to reduce fuel prices else Congress will do nationwide agitation and 'force you to do so'.

The Congress President tweeted, "Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here’s one from me: Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response.#FuelChallenge."

The successive increases in fuel prices have earned the NDA-led central government much criticism. The government has blamed the fuel price hike on changes in international oil market, specifically after US exiting from the Iran nuclear deal increased sanctions on the oil producing state. While former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram claimed the government can reduce the prices by Rs 25 per litre, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan assured that "Various alternatives are being looked."

The frustration of the public against fuel rise was evident as they responded to the #FuelChallenge:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Thursday responded to India skipper Virat Kohli's fitness challenge launched by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, sparking off a series of challenges issued to him by Opposition politicians. On Twitter, they demanded his response on matters ranging from the fuel rise to his educational background.