Press Club of India, Indian Tehalka News
The Delhi Congress on Monday said that people in the capital are now paying much more on VAT and excise duty on petrol and diesel than during Congress regime.
The party launched a three-day long signature campaign to garner people’s support to its demand to roll back the hike in VAT and excise duty on diesel and petrol in the Capital.
“People are spending Rs. 54 as tax, on excise and VAT, on petrol worth Rs. 100 after the latest hike. During the Congress rule, they had to spend only Rs. 31,” Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said.
He joined the party workers at petrol pumps to collect people’s signatures at the launch of the campaign during which the party aims to collect 10 lakh signatures.
Attacking both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for increasing taxes on petrol and diesel, he said the signatures collected will be presented to them and demand a roll back of the taxes.
“The periodic hikes in excise duty and VAT have contributed to the inflated rate of petrol and diesel and if the Centre and Delhi government rolled back these taxes, then petrol could be sold in Delhi for Rs. 38 per litre and diesel for Rs. 30 per litre, considering the sharp fall in the prices of crude oil in the international market,” he said.
On the first day of the campaign, the party claimed to have got around 3.80 lakh signatures. — PTI