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‘Just drama’; Prices will go up again after UP elections; RJD mocks fuel tax cuts


Highlight:

  • RJD says concessions are not enough
  • Tejaswi Yadav wants petrol price to be kept below Rs 70
  • BJP states with less tax

New Delhi: RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday slammed the Center for cutting fuel prices. Lalu Prasad Yadav scoffed that the tax would have to be cut further and that the current exemption would not bring relief to the people. Lalu Prasad Yadav alleged that the central government had cut taxes ahead of the upcoming UP elections.

Yesterday, the central government announced a tax cut of Rs 5 for petrol and Rs 10 for diesel in connection with Diwali. Following this, various BJP-ruled states also announced huge reductions in state VAT. The RJD president’s response was against this. He said fuel prices would be hiked again after the UP Assembly elections.

Lalu Prasad Yadav was responding to media reports when he arrived in Delhi for routine medical check-ups. Lalu Prasad Yadav said that the reduction of Rs 5 per liter in petrol was a ploy of the Modi government. “It would be a great relief to reduce the price by Rs 50. Petroleum prices will go up again after the UP elections.” He told the news agency ANI.

Other RJD leaders have reacted by saying that the central government’s reduction in fuel prices is not enough. RJD leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yajna has said that petrol prices will be reduced below Rs 70 per liter.

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According to an official statement, the government has reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel in connection with Diwali. But it is not clear whether this has anything to do with politics. The BJP states, which have welcomed the Centre’s stance, have also reduced taxes proportionately. The BJP had suffered a major defeat in many parts of the Hindi heartland in the by-election results released yesterday. It is noteworthy that this was followed by a tax cut.

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Finance Minister KN Balagopal has said that the central government will reduce taxes in proportion to the state taxes. However, KN Balagopal said that the reduction by the central government was a tax that should not be shared with the states and therefore no additional exemption could be given. He said that during the Covid period, the tax revenue of the state was low and KSRTC was facing a severe crisis due to the increase in fuel prices by the Center. At the same time, KPCC president K Sudhakaran demanded that the states should reduce taxes along with the Center.

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