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JAMMU, Jun 14: Despite a precipitous fall in the global prices of crude oil, the BJP Government at the Centre has failed to effect any corresponding reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel thereby continuing with its policy of increased taxation on essential commodities as a measure of resource mobilization. The decline in the global prices is being neutralized by increasing taxes and cesses on petrol and diesel thereby creating nationwide resentment against the centre govt. More importantly the increase in taxation, at a time when the people were facing worst economic distress due to coronavirus pandemic, only revealed the insensitivity of the BJP Government.
This was stated by Rajiv Mahajan, Spokesperson of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in a statement issued here today.
Strongly condemning the ruling dispensation for huge taxation on petrol and diesel, Mahajan said that while crude oil cost in the global market was very less, the consumers are being charged over Rs. 76.64 litre for petrol and over Rs. 67.50 per litre for diesel and all this notwithstanding the fact that the rate of crude oil has drastically fallen. He said that such enhanced prices of fuel in India was the cumulative effect of huge taxation in the form of excise duty, road cess and VAT imposed by the BJP led Government at the Centre together with huge margins of oil companies.
While the Modi Government had replaced VAT by GST on all other items, it had deliberately kept petrol and diesel outside the purview of GST only to impose multiple taxation on these products and thereby continue to generate funds by taking benefit of fluctuating global prices of crude oil, said Mahajan.
Accusing the BJP Government of filling its own coffers at the cost of the common man and denying the benefits of declining prices which had naturally accrued to the economically weaker sections, Mahajan said that it had most shamelessly betrayed the sentiments of the marginalized sections across the nation.
“Not only was petrol and diesel being provided at exorbitant rates by the present regime, the prices of other essential commodities like cooking gas and eatables had also sky rocketed during the BJP led Government,” maintained Mahajan.
“The vegetables, the pulses, foodgrains and other items of day to day use had witnessed steep rise in their prices thus making the life of common man miserable. The rates of cooking gas were increased per cylinder thereby making a mockery of free gas connections scheme launched by the centre. And now a further move of hiking GST on mobile phones from 12 to 18 per cent by the Union Finance Minister could make things difficult for consumers and even worse for the BJP government,” asserted Mahajan.
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