Rahul Gandhi uses fake data to target Modi government over price hike

As the Law Enforcement Directorate continues to question Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case, the Congress party has launched an attack on the Modi government. The party has organized several protests against the government making various allegations. One of the topics they have chosen to target the union government on is inflation and rising prices.

As part of this campaign, Rahul Gandhi has been making allegations of price hikes lately. August 10e, he posted a comment on Facebook alleging pulse prices had risen 20% in the past 15 days. Calling the Modi government “Tanashah”, Rahul Gandhi said the government denies inflation as prices have risen sharply.

The Congressman claimed that the prices of various benefits like Urad, Moong, Arhar, Masoor and Channa have increased by 10-25% in the past 15 days.

While rising prices are indeed a matter of grave concern for ordinary people, Rahul Gandhi’s assertions are not correct. Food prices have risen in recent years, but they haven’t risen as much as the congress leader claims. Data shows that none of the pulse products have increased by 10-20% in the past 15 days, as Rahul Gandhi says.

In fact, in the period from July 28 to August 12, pulse prices increased by 1-4%, not 10-25% as claimed by Rahul Gandhi. Retail price data for the period shows Channa, Moong and Urad prices increased by 1.3-1.5% over the past 15 days, while Arhar and Urad prices increased from 3.3 to 3.9% over the same period.

Therefore, Rahul Gandhi’s claim that pulse prices have increased by 20% in the last 15% is completely false and not based on facts.

Moreover, after the price increase a few years ago, pulse prices have remained stable over the past year, thanks to various preventive measures taken by the government. Prices remained almost unchanged, with minor upward and downward changes from month to month.

The CPI inflation rate for pulses was (-) 0.42% in May 2022, (-) 1.02% in June 2022 and 0.18% in July 2022. Commodities Act, 1955 for some products like Arhar, to prevent hoarding by traders.

Not just pulses, the prices of several other food items are now stable, after increasing 2-4 years ago.

Earlier on August 2, Rahul Gandhi posted a tweet saying that the prices of several commodities like fuel, salt, Arhar, edibles, tea etc. increased from 33 to 113% over the last 3 years. If these rates of increase in 2022 compared to 2019 are largely correct, the leader of Congress has missed a very important aspect.

The prices of these raw materials have been largely stable over the past year, whereas prices had risen sharply in 2019 and 2020. It should be noted that these periods mark the global economic slowdown and then the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the massive supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic, prices for most commodities have increased over the past two years.

But over the past year, prices have stabilized and seen only a marginal increase in prices for most commodities, while prices for some commodities have fallen in recent months.

In fact, prices for almost all commodities have fallen in recent months, including pulses and edibles, two categories that had seen the maximum price increase. The prices of mustard oil, vanaspati, soybean oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, channa dal, moong dal, tea , masoor dal, potato, tomato, onion, etc. have declined in recent months.

Here is the summary of the prices of the essential items lately:

1. Compared to last month, lower prices of mustard oil (-5₹), Vanaspati (-7₹), soybean oil (-7₹), sunflower oil (-4₹), palm (-6₹), Tomato (-9₹).

2. Compared to last 2 months, lower prices of mustard oil (-10₹), Vanaspati (-13₹), soybean (-12₹), sunflower oil (-12₹), palm oil (-18₹), Tomato (-₹18), Channa & Moong Dal (-₹2).

3. Compared to last 3 months, (last quarter) lower prices of mustard oil (-₹14), Vanaspati (-₹10), soybean (-₹13), sunflower oil (-₹12) , Palm Oil (-23₹), Tea (-4₹), Tomato (-4₹), Channa Dal (-3₹), Moong Dal (-2₹).

4. Compared to last 4 months, lower prices of Mustard Oil (-13₹), Vanaspati (-3₹), Soybean Oil (-5₹), Sunflower Oil (-4₹), palm oil (-12₹), Channa Dal (-2₹).

5. Compared to last 5 months, lower prices of mustard oil (-₹18), soybean oil (-₹2), palm oil (-₹13), Gram Dal (-₹3), Moong & Masoor Dal (-2₹), Onion (-9₹).

6. Compared to last 6 months, lower prices of Mustard Oil (-18₹), Channa Dal (-3₹), Onion (-10₹), Tea (-4₹).

7. Compared to last 7 months, lower prices of mustard oil (-₹10), onion (-₹8), tomato (-₹4).

8. Compared to last 8 months, lower prices of Mustard Oil (-₹16), Channa Dal (-₹4), Urad Dal (-₹2), Onion (-₹10), Tomato (- ₹28).

9. Compared to last 9 months, lower prices of Mustard Oil (-₹14), Channa Dal (-₹5), Moong Dal (-₹2), Onion (-₹16), Tomato (- ₹22).

10. Compared to last 10 months, lower prices of mustard oil (-₹12), Gram Dal (-₹4), onion (-₹9), tomato (-₹3).

11. Compared to last 11 months, lower prices of Mustard Oil (-₹5), Gram Dal (-₹4), Onion (-₹3).

12. Compared to last year, lower prices of Gram Dal (-₹4), Onion (-₹5)

13. Compared to the last 2 years, lower prices for Potato (-₹4), Potato (-₹14), Moong Dal (-₹2)

As the prices of several items have fallen or remained stable over the past year, Rahul Gandhi shrewdly chose the data for the end of the 2019-2022 period, which included the Covid-19 period in which everything became much more expensive.