The two BJP-ruled states had yesterday reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, resulting in them getting cheaper.
They had effected the changes after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently written to states asking them to reduce taxes on these. The Centre had recently brought down excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre.
"People are struggling hard due to the oppressive taxation on petrol and diesel which has led to prices of petrol to hover around Rs 70.96 and diesel at Rs 60.04 (in Chennai)," he said.
It was the government's duty to "ease this pain" which people faced, he added.
He said daily revision of prices of petrol and diesel due to the "central BJP government's dynamic pricing policy has proved to be a huge burden, especially for the poor and middle class sections of the population.
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