“I do not understand how people talk about inflation without reducing tax on petrol and diesel,” Fadnavis said taking a dig at the Uddhav Thackeray Government
Nagpur: Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday accused theMVA Government in the State of not bringing down fuel prices from its end and claimed that while the State charges Rs 30 as Excise Duty on a litre of petrol, the Centre imposes Rs 19.
Taking a dig at the Uddhav Thackeray Government over reducing VAT on petrol and diesel, Fadnavis said that the State Government was making an April Fool of the people in May by making bogus reduction of VAT on fuel.
“This government has worked to increase inflation in Maharashtra. I do not understand how people talk about inflation without reducing tax on petrol and diesel,” Fadnavis, who reached Nagpur from Mumbai, said..
“First of all, Sharad Pawar should answer that the State tax on petrol and diesel in Maharashtra is Rs 29 and the Central tax is Rs 19. Why don’t they reduce the state tax?” the BJP leader questioned.
In an attempt to control retail inflation, the Union Government had reduced Excise Duty, resulting in a drop in retail petrol price by Rs 9.50 per litre and Rs 7 per litre in case of diesel. The BJP has since been mounting pressure on the State Government to slash state excise duty further to offer relief to consumers.
“After the Union Government introduced cuts on Excise Duty; the Central and State taxes on a litre of petrol stand at Rs 19 and Rs 30 respectively. Please tell me who is now behind the higher rates of petrol and diesel,” Fadnavis said. The BJP leader further claimed that though there has been a concern at the international level about inflation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision to reduce excise duty to offer some relief to the common man.
“The Centre did not touch the share of the State Government that earns from higher excise duties. The Centre will bear the loss of Rs 2.20 lakh crore annually from these cuts,” Fadnavis claimed.
The former Chief Minister also targeted the State Government over its failure to obtain a quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the local bodies election. “It is this government’s sin to have lost the reservation for the OBCs. Despite several demands, the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government did nothing between December 2019 and March 2022, which is why we lost the legal battle to protect the political quota for the OBCs in the Supreme Court.”