Soon after the finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the petrol prices will be reduce by Rs 2.50 by the Modi government and asked the state governments to do so, 12 BJP ruled state governments reduced Rs 2.50 so that the consumers got a relief of Rs 5, all together.
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and many more BJP ruled states provided a big relief to the consumers but not the Congress party and its allies. The Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal refused to reduce the price saying “If I can calculate, both the cuts will hit the revenue of states too. After reaping a windfall and hiking excise duty several times since it came to power, the Government of India has made a meagre cut in excise duty, not in special excise duty and in additional excise duty in which states have no share. All states will share the burden of excise cut and lose 63 paise per litre”.
He added “They will show lesser profit after absorbing the Re 1 per litre cut. Which means the income tax paid by them will come down, so will our share (42%) in it. Effectively, the Government of India will take a hit of 1.5% due to the meagre cut. It cannot ask states to take a bigger hit”.
Not just Punjab but even non NDA ruled states like Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal also refused to reduce the fuel prices. By this one thing is clear that Congress party doesn’t want to help the people but wants to play politics in every possible way.
Till date, Rahul Gandhi was tweeting on fuel rise but once the prices were reduce he didn’t feel its necessary to reduce the price in the states ruled by his party. But one thing he needs to keep in mind is that the Indians are watching his hypocrisy.
Source: Hindustan Times