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Maharashtra fuel strike enters day 2

About 2,200 petrol pumps and CNG stations in the state are on an indefinite strike since Sunday midnight.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 13:08 IST

Petrol pump and CNG dealers continued their "indefinite strike" in Maharashtra, for the second day on Tuesday in protest against "high" sales tax on auto fuel imposed by the state government.

Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers' Association (FAMPEDA), which had given the strike call, said it will stick to its demand until the state government brought down the sales tax on par with neighbouring states.

"The strike continues for its second day today," FAMPEDA president Ravi Shindhe told from Delhi.

Shindhe said he had gone to the capital on the invitation of Union Petrolem Minister Murli Deora to discuss some issues.

Asked whether he would discuss the sale tax issue with the Petroleum Minister he said "Sales tax is a state subject. So it would not find place in the discussion".

"However, we will discuss some issues that are pending with the Petroleum Ministry," Shindhe said.

FAMPEDA members have already exhausted their petrol and CNG stocks to avoid action against them under the Essential Commodities Act 1955.

About 2,200 petrol pumps and CNG stations in the state are on an indefinte strike since Sunday midnight.

FAMPEDA has claimed the strike has been successful in its first day, while the Maharasthra government said almost 77 per cent of the petrol pumps remained open.

First Published: Sep 19, 2006 13:01 IST