Congress to launch nationwide protest against fuel prices

Postado Setembro 17, 2017

The agitation would start on September 20 from the national capital.

The Congress on Friday said it will launch a nationwide agitation next week against the increase of central excise duty on petroleum products, saying the Centre was "looting people". Party member Dr Arun Mitra said it was crude joke for the country that despite the fall in the crude oil prices in the worldwide market, the government continued to fleece the citizens. "We will fight until this tax regime is withdrawn", Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said. He alleged that at the cost of the pockets of the common man the Modi government is filling its treasure chest.

Maken said that considering the fall in crude oil prices in the worldwide market, the prices of petrol and diesel should be Rs 34 and Rs 32, respectively.

On Wednesday there will be a massive protest by the Congress a jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the taxes on fuel.

Lashing out at the central and Delhi governments, Maken said: "In the last three years, the Modi government increased the excise duty on petrol by 133 per cent and on diesel by 400 per cent while the Kejriwal government in Delhi increased Value-Added Tax from 20 to 27 per cent on petrol per litre while Value-Added Tax on diesel was increased from 12.5 per cent to 16.75 per cent".

"The price of a subsidised LPG cylinder has gone up from Rs 412 in 2014 to Rs 487", said Maken adding the kerosene users too had been impacted.

The Congress chided the government and the BJP that when in opposition it had termed the UPA government as "economic terrorist". Party member Dr Arun Mitra said it was crude joke for the country that despite the fall in the crude oil prices in the global market, the government continued to fleece the citizens , As Reported By Tribune. "While global crude oil prices have come down by more than 52 per cent since the Narendra Modi government came to power, petrol prices have touched a three-year high".

Maken also stated that not just the petrol and diesel prices, but also the LPG and Kerosene prices were also hiked under the Modi government, not even sparing the poor.

"With USD 107 per barrel, the retail price of auto fuel was 71.51 per litre, then how come it is about the same when the Indian basket of crude is trading at half that level at 53.83 per barrel, the consumers would ask".

The petrol prices were hiked earlier in the week by 7-8 paise per litre and diesel rate increased by 10-11 paise per litre in the four metros as part of the daily revision exercise, as a result of which the fuel rates are at an all-time high since August 2014.