Petrol price hike: Congress steps up protest in Mumbai, demands GST on petroleum productsUpdated: Sep 26, 2017 14:33 IST
The party has demanded the reduction of tax on petrol, to bring down prices to an affordable level.(HT Photo for representation)
The Congress has stepped up its protest against the rising prices of petrol, and has demanded that petroleum products be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). After the protest at 70 city petrol pumps, the Mumbai Congress will hold a cycle rally between Malad and Borivali on Tuesday evening.
The party has demanded the reduction of tax on petrol, to bring down prices to an affordable level. The party distributed handbills to motorists at 70 petrol pumps last week to explain to them the heavy tax component that has led to the price rise.
“The petrol price in Mumbai is highest in the country. The taxation component accounts to 60% of the per liter price of petrol sold in the city. The middle class and bikers are hit the most due to the unreasonable hike in the cost,” said Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam.
The party had organised its first rally at Lokhandwala in Andheri on Sunday in the second phase of its protest against the price hike. “The cycle rally was held to highlight the unaffordable prices of petrol to the motorists. We will have similar rallies in Mulund, Ghatkopar and other parts of the city and in cities like Nagpur, Nashik and Pune soon,” Nirupam said.
He said that the party was not demanding subsidy from the government for petrol, but their demand was for reasonable taxation so that the middle class was not burdened.
First Published: Sep 26, 2017 14:33 IST