IndiaKerala should also reduce fuel tax, otherwise strike will start: K Sudhakaran

Kerala should also reduce fuel tax, otherwise strike will start: K Sudhakaran


Highlight:

  • Kerala should also reduce fuel tax
  • If not, the campaign will start
  • K Sudhakaran with a warning

Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president K Sudhakaran said that if the state government does not reduce the fuel tax, the Congress will start a strike. He welcomed the move by the central government to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel. He thanked the central government for making good sense despite the delay.

Had the Center not reduced the fuel tax, the whole of India would have gone into a tainted political situation and struggles. K Sudhakaran said that with this announcement, it has been possible to prevent this to some extent. Sudhakaran, however, asked how the Kerala government was reacting to the announcement.

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“If the Center decides to reduce prices, prices will not go down. The state government, which collects taxes here, should reduce them. If the central government does not reduce the prices, the sword of agitation will be turned against the state government,” K Sudhakaran told a news conference. The KPCC president also demanded that the Pinarayi government should follow the example set by the state government and the Oommen Chandy government when the central government reduced the excise duty.

He added that the central government’s compulsion to reduce fuel prices was due to the intense public protests that had erupted across the country. At the same time, Kerala will not reduce fuel tax. Balagopal has clarified. Kerala has also reduced petrol and diesel rates in proportion to the central tax cuts. Apart from this, the minister said that VAT reductions should not be expected.

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Last night, the central government reduced the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 in connection with Diwali. But in Kerala today, petrol price has been reduced by 6.57 paise per liter and diesel by 12.33 paise per liter. Balagopal clarified that this was because the state had reduced the tax concession in proportion to the center.

In the last few months, the Center has increased the excise duty on fuel by around Rs 30-32 per liter. The Center has announced a concession of Rs 5 from this. At the same time, KN Balagopal said that Kerala has not increased fuel tax during the same period.

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