Congress member of legislative assembly (MLA) from Dhuri assembly constituency Arvind Khanna on Sunday slammed the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government for imposing a hike in the Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Khanna said the decision, which was against the interest of the public, had been taken to fill the government treasuries.
He demanded that the government immediately roll back the decision. The MLA further said the government's move was shocking as oil companies had slashed the prices of diesel in the international market.
Khanna said the decision would not only affect traders, industrialist and vendors, but also farmers, who were already unable to make profits due to the low prices of basmati in the state.
Khanna demanded that the union government draft a comprehensive policy on taxes and prohibit the state government from imposing hefty taxes.
He said: "Due to the anti-people policies of the state government, Punjab is on its way to become bankrupt. The government does not even have enough money to pay salaries to employees."