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Congress criticizes the government for the increase in fuel prices and demands the revocation of the increase in central excise duties | India News

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NEW DELHI: On Sunday, Congress criticized the Center for fuel prices hitting a “record high” and demanded that the excise tax hike affected by the Modi government during his term be immediately lowered to bring relief to the masses. .
Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the Center for rising fuel prices, saying that people are suffering from inflation while the Modi government is busy collecting taxes.
The party’s attack on the government came a day after gasoline and diesel prices in the country hit new all-time highs after rates increased for the fourth time this week.
Congressional spokesman Ajay Maken said in Delhi on Sunday that gasoline prices have reached an all-time high of 85.70 rupees per liter and diesel has reached 75.88 rupees a liter.
“What is more shocking is that during the congressional regime when we left power in May 2014, international crude was $ 108 per barrel, but gasoline and diesel prices were at 71.51 and 57.28 rupees per liter respectively, which have risen to 85.70 rupees and 75.88 rupees in Delhi today despite the fact that crude oil prices have fallen in the middle of that time, “he told a news conference.
The Modi government has earned Rs. 20,00,000 crore in the last six and a half years by increasing the excise duty on gasoline and diesel alone, Maken alleged.
“The most important question now is where more than Rs 20 lakh crore has gone,” he said.
“Has it gone into the pockets of Mr. (Narendra) Modi’s crony capitalist friends? This is what Congress wants to know from the government,” Maken asked.
Earlier, in a Hindi tweet, Gandhi said: “Modi ji has generated tremendous growth in GDP (gas, diesel and gasoline prices).”
“People are suffering from inflation, while Modi’s government is busy collecting taxes,” he claimed.
The price increase brought the price of gasoline in Delhi on Saturday to 85.70 rupees per liter and in Mumbai to 92.28 rupees.
The tariff for diesel rose to 75.88 rupees a liter in the national capital and 82.66 rupees a liter in Mumbai, price data showed.
In his comments, Maken asked: “The shortage subsidy for our jawans is being cut, our MSMEs are under pressure from banks to repay loans, under pressure from tax authorities, there is huge unemployment across the country, farmers are committing suicide, so this amount is gone? ”
In May 2014, when the BJP took office, the excise tax on gasoline was Rs 9.20 per liter and diesel was Rs 3.46 per liter, he said.
Over the past six years, the BJP government has increased the excise tax on gasoline by an additional 23.78 rupees per liter and on diesel by an additional 28.37 rupees per liter, he said.
“If we decrease the increase in excise duties affected by the Modi government on gasoline and diesel, ie 23.78 rupees and 28.37 rupees, prices will drop to 61.92 rupees (gasoline) and 47.51 rupees (diesel), “he said.
“Therefore, the central government should immediately withdraw the increase in the central excise tax that it has collected in the last six years and the prices of gasoline should fall to 61.92 rupees and diesel to 47.51 rupees,” he said , criticizing the government for fuel prices reaching a “record high.”
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan earlier this week blamed the reduction in Saudi oil production for the increase in oil prices, but did not promise to cut taxes.
Top oil explorer Saudi Arabia has promised additional voluntary production cuts of 1 million barrels a day in February and March, leading to higher fuel prices since the pandemic broke out.
Maken also criticized the government for the prices of LPG cylinders, saying that under the UPA government 12 cylinders were delivered with a subsidy that has now been withdrawn.
An LPG cylinder on the open market covers around Rs 700, while without subsidy during the UPA rule it was Rs 414.

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