Centre should first cut duty on fuel: Nitish
Nitish reiterated his government's decision against any further cut on sales tax on petroleum products.india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 18:24 IST
The Centre should first change the duty structure to give relief to consumers from frequent hike in fuel prices, instead of asking states to reduce sales tax on petrol and diesel, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday.
"The Centre should set the things in order and then only ask the states to rationalise the duty structure," Kumar told reporters after emerging from his Janata ke Darbar me CM.
Reiterating his government's decision against any further cut on sales tax on petroleum products, Kumar said, "Even before the Centre asked us to reduce sales tax on diesel, we fixed it at the lowest of 20 per cent."
Criticising the UPA government's recent decision to increase the price of petrol by Rs 4 and diesel by Rs 2, the JD(U) leader dubbed it as 'anti-people', which would 'adversely affect the masses.'
"Instead of hiking fuel prices the Manmohan Singh government should have rationalised taxes to provide relief to consumers from frequent hike in fuel prices," Kumar said.
Kumar, a former Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said the price of daily use items were rising enormously to the concern of the common people.
"Prices of daily use items like pulse, rice, onion and other are rising from the day the NDA government went out of power at the Centre. Onion once forced the BJP to cry at Delhi. (The party had lost the election in Delhi over the issue)."