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Opposition parties slam Modi govt, demand tax cut to bring down fuel prices

As fuel prices rise for the tenth consecutive day, opposition parties demand cut in taxes, bringing fuel prices under GST.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2018 17:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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An employee fills a vehicle with fuel at a filling station, in New Delhi. Fuel prices continues to rise for the 10th day on Tuesday with petrol reaching Rs 79.31 a litre and diesel Rs 71.34.(PTI File Photo)

Opposition parties attacked the Narendra Modi government over the continuously rising fuel prices, demanding the Centre cut taxes on petroleum products or bring them under the Goods and Service Tax (GST).

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram attributed the rising petrol and diesel prices to “excessive taxes”.

“Relentless rise in prices of petrol and diesel is not inevitable. Because, the price is built up by excessive taxes on petrol and diesel. If taxes are cut, prices will decline significantly,” the former Union finance minister said in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

He also termed a “spurious argument” the Central government’s blaming of the states for the problem.

“The BJP forgets that its boast that BJP is ruling 19 States. Centre and States must act together and bring petrol and diesel under GST. Congress demands that petrol and diesel be brought under GST immediately,” he said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hit out at prime minister Narendra Modi on the declining rupee vs dollar rate, and the hike in the price of petrol and diesel.

Accusing Modi of doing the same thing that he used to blame the Congress for during the United Progressive Alliance regime, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said: “Prime minister (Modi) used to talk a lot about rupee and petrol before becoming the prime minister. “

“But now, the BJP is saying what the Congress used to say. Earlier, the Congress was responsible for inflation, now it is the BJP. The common man is the one who is suffering,” he added

Meanwhile, former finance minister Yashwant Sinha also blamed the Centre for unprecedented hike in prices of petrol and diesel and asked why the opposition was not out on the streets to protest.

“Petrol, diesel and gas prices are rising and are hitting all time highs daily. Why are opposition parties not hitting the streets? What are they waiting for?” tweeted the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Petrol and diesel prices rose for the 10th consecutive day on Tuesday. Petrol is priced at Rs 79.31 per litre and Rs 86.72 per litre in Delhi and Mumbai. Petrol prices in Kolkata and Chennai are Rs 82.22 per litre and Rs 82.41 per litre. Diesel is priced at Rs 71.34 in Delhi, Rs 74.19 in Kolkata, Rs 75.74 in Mumbai and Rs 75.39 in Chennai.

Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan had on Sunday blamed “external factors” for the rise in domestic prices of petrol and diesel, adding that this phase could be a temporary one.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 17:59 IST