Congress demands white Paper on taxes on fuel

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 17, 2017

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee will on Sunday press as many as 15,000 workers and volunteers over 300 places, including all petrol pumps, across the capital to start its signature campaign to protest fuel hike.

Fearing the three-year high in the prices of these fuels, consumers believe that the concept of market-determined rates was tampered with by frequent tax hikes when the crude oil prices fell steeply and are ruling at exactly half the level of United States dollars 107 per barrel in May 2014, even after rising in the last three months.

Explaining his signature drive against the fuel price rise, Maken said a form is distributed to the customer at a petrol pump with a question whether the customer agrees to the suggestion that if the excise and Value-Added Tax duties are cut down, then petrol and diesel could be sold in Delhi for Rs 34 and Rs 32, respectively. The party said that the global crude rates were low but the government has increased the fuel rates by levying the massive central excise duties and other taxes. "We will fight until this tax regime is withdrawn", Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said.

According to party strategists who have been brainstorming for long, high prices of petrol and diesel could help them convince the masses against the policies of the government. He alleged that at the cost of the pockets of the common man the Modi government is filling its treasure chest.

An 18 per cent hike in the price of crude oil, from Dollars 45.60 per barrel has taken the pump prices of petrol in Delhi (for instance) to Rs 70.39 per litre from Rs 65.40 three months ago.

He said the party would fight this battle to reduce taxes on every available forum and challenged the BJP to come out with a white paper on taxes on fuels and the gains thereof.

"Looting people, profiteering at their expense and squeezing their hard earned money is the sole aim of the BJP government". "The prices of petrol and diesel have come down in Pakistan, the U.S. and other countries, but they continue to increase in India", he said.

The Congress claimed the government had increased central excise duty 11 times in the past three-and-a-half years. There should be an immediate course correction by withdrawing the massive central excise duties and other taxes imposed on fuel products, he said.

He claimed that Delhi's Arvind Kejriwal government has increased VAT on petrol twice by making amendments in the law, while the BJP-led central government has also been burdening the common people by raising taxes on petroleum products and termed it as a "cruel joke" by the BJP and AAP governments.

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