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Khurana supports Cong move to slash sales tax

Madan Lal Khurana on Tuesday supported the Cong move to slash sales tax on fuel in the party-ruled states.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 15:16 IST

Within a day of announcing the launch of his Bharatiya Jan Mahasangh, former BJP leader Madan Lal Khuranaon Tuesdaysupported the Congress move to slash sales tax on fuel in the party-ruled states, a measure opposed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a 'joke'.

The former Delhi Chief Minister, who quit the BJP in April following his suspension from the party, told reporters that he saw no harm in a party issuing directions to states under its control to cut state levies on fuel.

"If the Congress can do it, why can't the BJP?" he asked.

Khurana's comments followed Vajpayee's remarks during an NDA protest against price hikeson Mondaythat he considered the Congress move on sales tax cuts a joke.

The former Delhi Chief Minister also criticised the BJP for what he called was its disregard of an editorial in the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, asking for reductions in state levies on fuel to cut its cost in the party-administered states.

"Why can't the BJP go by the RSS advice? The BJP-ruled states never received greater Central assistance under the NDA rule than what they are receiving now. They should reduce sales tax on fuel to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel," Khurana, a former loyalist of Vajpayee, remarked.

Khurana, who accuses senior party leader LK Advani of sidelining mass leaders in the BJP, alleged that one of the reasons for his being asked by the party leadership to step down as Delhi Chief Minister ten years ago was his refusal to accept favours from a top industrial house in return for sanctioning a power project in Bawana.

First Published: Jun 13, 2006 15:10 IST