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Rahul should direct Punjab CM to reduce state taxes on fuel: Sukhbir

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

(SAD) on Tuesday asked to direct the government to reduce state taxes on petrol and diesel by Rs 10 per litre.

Asking the Gandhi scion to "practice what he preaches", the said the Gandhi scion should immediately ask Minister to follow the examples of and and reduce VAT and surcharge on petrol and diesel.

"Rahul should also tell Punjabis why he has not given this direction till now even though petroleum prices in are the highest in North and the third highest in the country," he said.

"Political tamashas" by the would not help people, but concrete action would, he added.

Further hitting out at the for "double speak" on the "sensitive issue", he said the was collecting a tax of Rs 23 and Rs 11 per litre on petrol and diesel respectively.

This along with 42 per cent central devolution of excise was resulting in an annual tax collection of Rs 5,800 crore from petroleum products, he said.

Since development is at a stop, the state has nothing to show for utilisation except unproductive expenditure, he added.

"Surely the government can give relief to the common man as well as the farming community by reducing its share in petrol and diesel prices by Rs 10 per litre", he said.

The also pointed out that the had in the run up to the 2017 assembly elections promised that the Congress, if elected to power, would reduce fuel prices substantially.

Accusing the party of doing "deceitful politics", Badal said it was condemnable that while Gandhi wanted petrol and diesel to be brought under GST, the Congress government in Punjab was refusing follow his suggestion.

"Rahul and the should both explain this contradictory stand instead of shedding crocodile tears on petrol and diesel prices," he said.

"This proves that the government is only resorting to sham dharnas on issue of petroleum prices to shift attention from its own failure to address the issue," he added.

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

First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 20:00 IST