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Ask Amarinder Singh govt to slash Rs 20 per litre VAT on petrol, diesel: Majithia to Jakhar

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The (SAD) today asked to stop "sham" protests on the issue of lowering taxes on petrol and diesel and instead put pressure on his party's government to slash VAT on these products to give an instantaneous relief of Rs 20 per litre to the common man.

Speaking about the "orchestrated protests" by the Congress, former said it was incumbent on Jakhar to tell Punjabis why he was indulging in "deceitful" behaviour.

"You want the Centre to reduce excise on petrol and diesel which it is already examining but refuse to put pressure on your own government to reduce state tax on both these products which is the highest in north and the third highest in the country," Majithia said.

He said the was charging over Rs 20 tax on petrol and diesel and this could be done away with by one of the pen.

The leader said Jakhar should tell Punjabis why he had "accepted" the contention of that he would not reduce VAT on petrol and diesel by even one paisa.

Jakhar had earlier announced that the government would reduce VAT on petrol and diesel on the pattern of the relief given by Kerala, the said.

"However, after refused to reduce petrol and diesel prices he has started indulging in meaningless protests to gain cheap publicity instead of taking on the and asking why no relief is being extended to the common man. Punjabis are feeling cheated by these double-faced actions", Majithia claimed.

Speaking about the state government's decision to delay paddy to June 20 "without consulting" farmers, the leader said such decisions were symptomatic of rule.

He said the government seemed to be multiplying the problems of farmers who were committing suicide in large numbers after it cheated and betrayed them by refusing to implement the comprehensive Rs 90,000 crore loan waiver as promised.

Now another crisis had been triggered by delaying paddy inordinately, he said.

Late will result in increased moisture content and will make paddy virtually unsaleable, he added.

Majithia said the government should ensure uninterrupted eight-hour power supply to the farm sector.

"If this is not done, large swathes where paddy is being sown since the last two days will dry up resulting in a monumental human tragedy," he added.

Majithia asked Jakhar to utilise his time in a better manner and brief the about these emergent issues instead of trying to "befool" the people.

"Please be sensitive towards the needs of farmers as well as the common man and stop your government from implementing inhuman dictatorial decisions without building consensus on them," the added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:45 IST