The Congress on Saturday accused Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of “befooling” individuals after she introduced an excise obligation lower on petrol and diesel and stated individuals wanted aid as an alternative of jugglery of figures.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated the federal government had elevated the excise obligation on petrol by Rs 10 in 60 days and is now “duping” individuals by decreasing it by Rs 9.50.
The opposition get together demanded that the finance minister present braveness and roll again excise on petrol and diesel to the extent it was below the UPA in May 2014.
“Dear FM … in 60 days, you elevated the value of petrol by Rs 10/litre and now decreased it by Rs 9.50/litre. … U elevated the value of Diesel by Rs 10/litre and now decreased it by Rs 7/litre. Stop befooling individuals! “Nation would not want jugglery of figures to dupe the individuals, Nation would not want Jumlas, Nation wants rollback of excise on petrol and diesel to May 2014 ranges of Rs 9.48/litre on petrol and Rs 3.56/litre on diesel. Stop deceiving, Show the braveness to offer aid,” Surjewala stated in a sequence of tweets.
The Congress chief stated in May 2014, excise obligation on petrol was Rs 9.48/litre.
“It is still Rs 19.90 versus Rs 9.48 during the Congress,” he stated. On excise obligation on diesel, he stated, “It is still Rs 15.80 versus Rs 3.56 during Congress.”
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed the Center needed to scale back the excise obligation below the stress of the Congress get together’s public consciousness marketing campaign determined within the lately held Chintan Shivir. He demanded that the central authorities ought to decrease the petrol and diesel costs to the extent through the UPA rule if the federal government desires to offer aid to individuals within the true sense.
“Due to the continuous protests by the Congress against inflation across the country and the pressure of public awareness campaign against the inflation decided in Navsankalp Shivir, Udaipur, the central government today had to decide to reduce the excise duty on petrol and diesel,” Gehlot tweeted.
Congress whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore additionally attacked the finance minister, accusing her of being “arrogant” and supporting the wealthy however not the center class.
The authorities on Saturday lower excise obligation on petrol by a file Rs 8 per liter and that on diesel by Rs 6 per liter to offer aid to shoppers battered by excessive gas costs which have additionally pushed inflation to a multi-year excessive. The excise obligation lower will translate into a discount of Rs 9.5 a liter on petrol and Rs 7 a liter on diesel after considering its impression on different levies. Announcing the obligation lower, Sitharaman additionally stated the federal government will give Rs 200 per cylinder subsidy to Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries for 12 cylinders in a yr to assist ease among the burden arising from cooking gasoline charges rising to file ranges.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS