Asking the Gandhi scion to "practice what he preaches", the SAD chief said the Gandhi scion should immediately ask Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to follow the examples of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and reduce VAT and surcharge on petrol and diesel.
"Political tamashas" by the Congress would not help people, but concrete action would, he added.
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 SAD president also pointed out that the Punjab chief minister 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 Punjab government 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.
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