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Karnataka BJP wants state tax hike on fuel withdrawn

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Slamming the coalition government for burdening the people again, the opposition BJP on Wednesday urged to withdraw the 2 per cent hike in state tax on petrol and diesel.

"The basic price of petrol and diesel has declined across the country over the last 2 months due to fall in international Instead of making the people benefit from lower prices, the had increased the sales tax on fuel by 2 per cent since January 1. It should be rolled back," state BJP's told reporters here.

Kumaraswamy, who also holds the portfolio, increased the state tax to 32 per cent on petrol and to 21 per cent on diesel because their base price decreased since November.

"As the fuel prices declined after fall in in the global market since November, the state tax has been revised to 32 per cent on petrol from 30 per cent and to 21 per cent on diesel from 19 per cent since January 1, 2019," said a statement by the chief minister's office here on January 5.

Noting that the state tax on petrol was Rs 20.59 per litre and Rs 13.75 on diesel per litre, which was among the highest in the country, Ravi said the state levy was three times over that levied by the state-run

"When fuel prices decline, the ruling coalition partners (and Janata Dal-Secular) say it is owing to fall in and when they go up, they blame the for it, indulging in double-speak," said Ravi.

The had on September 17 reduced its tax on petrol to 28.75 per cent from 32 per cent and diesel to 17.73 per cent from 21 per cent in a bid to give relief to the people from on soaring international

In the state budget for fiscal 2018-19 Kumaraswamy presented on July 5 Che increased the state tax on petrol by 2 per cent to 32 per cent from 30 per cent and on diesel to 21 per cent from 19 per cent with effect from July 15 despite protests and public resentment.

"We will launch a protest strike if the hike in the state tax on the fuel is not rolled back before the Sankranti festival next week," a told IANS./Eom/405 words.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 22:36 IST