Stop fooling citizens: Congress, Trinamool vs Centre over fuel rate cuts

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The Centre on Saturday slashed excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 8 and Rs 6 per litre respectively.

Taking to Twitter, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “It [Excise duty cut] will have revenue implication of around Rs one lakh crore/year for the government I wish to exhort all state governments, especially the states where reduction wasn’t done during the last round (November 2021), to also implement a similar cut and give relief to the common man.”

Responding to the Centre’s move, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of fooling citizens.

Noting the rise in price of petrol between 2020 and 2022, he wrote, “Now, expect petrol to see ‘vikas’ in daily doses of Rs 0.8 and 0.3 again. The government must stop fooling citizens. People deserve genuine relief from record inflation.”

Meanwhile, TMC MP Santanu Sen said, “Since this Modi government came into power, they are betraying the public. BJP is doing ‘jumlabazi’ with the people. Just see how many times the prices of petrol, diesel and CNG have been increased in the last two years. Even when crude oil price in the international market goes down, petrol and diesel prices in India are high.”

He added, “The problem is during BJP’s governance, prices of everything are increasing except the price of an ‘aam aadmi’. The Centre did not give money during Covid, Amphan and Bulbul cyclone and they are asking the state to reduce tax – how will the state run”?

He also said that it will be difficult for the West Bengal government to reduce taxes on fuel until the Centre fulfils the state government’s demand for Rs 97,000 crore. According to the Bengal government, the Centre owes it Rs 97,000 crore.

“The Chief Minister of West Bengal has clearly said if the state gets back Rs 97,000 crore from the Centre, then the state will not increase its tax for next five years,” he said.



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