Congress leader and former Finance minister P Chidambaram on July 13 hit out at the Narendra Modi-led government over the rise in prices of petrol, LPG & pulses. Chidambaram announced that the Congress Party will raise the issue of inflation in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament. Accusing the Centre of ‘pretending’ that price rise is a ‘false concern’, Chidambaram expressed worry over the high rate of unemployment and wage cuts in the country. Chidambaram demanded a reduction in fuel prices and GST rates, and a review of the import duties to reduce the “crushing burden of high inflation”. “Despite stout opposition, the government has continually increased the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG,” he said. The Congress leader added that the price of petrol had reached over Rs 100 in Mumbai and Delhi, while the price of LPG is at Rs 835 per cylinder in Delhi and Rs 933 per cylinder in Patna. He blamed the cesses levied by the central government for the “exorbitant prices”, stating that it collects nearly Rs 4.2 lakh crore annually through them and “keeps all that money to itself.” Watch the video to know more.