NCP in favour of tax cut on petroleum products
Patil denied that there were differences within the NCP on the issue.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 22:59 IST
The NCP is in favour of reduction of sales tax on petrol and diesel in the state, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil said on Tuesday.
A proposal to reduce sales tax would be on the agenda of Wednesday's state cabinet meeting, Patil told reporters in Mumbai.
Patil denied that there were differences within the NCP on the issue.
Patil's announcement came in the wake of reports of differences between the two major partners in the Democratic Alliance in the state on the issue, with the NCP opposing the proposed reduction of sales tax on fuel saying it would lead to a considerable depletion in the state's revenue and accusing the Congress of "playing to the gallery."
"Sales Tax is a major source of revenue for the State and any reduction in it will only affect other areas where spending has been allotted in the budget," NCP spokesperson Ratnakar Mahajan told reporters in Mumbai on Monday.
Accusing the Congress of populist politics, Mahajan said, "If the Centre was so concerned about the burden on the layman then they should have thought before they hiked fuel prices."