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On soaring fuel prices, PM Modi appeals to opposition-ruled states to cut fuel taxes

By wasmulhaq 
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The soaring price of fuel has put extra pressure on people’s pockets. The prices of essential items automatically go up amidst an increase in petrol and diesel rates.

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Reacting to the issue of rising fuel prices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to states ruled by the Opposition to reduce taxes on fuel. This was his first reaction to the rising fuel prices. He said the states that did not reduce prices last November should do it now.

He said, “States like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Telangana, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Jharkhand did not reduce taxes on fuel, and should do it now.”

Lashing out at the Union government, the chief minister of Maharashtra said that state governments are not responsible for the increasing price of petrol and diesel. As stated by the Maharashtra CM, the Union government has been playing a step-motherly role with us.

Centre reduces excise duty on fuel prices

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Centre reduced the excise duty on fuel prices last November and also requested states to reduce taxes. I am not criticising anyone but requesting Maharashtra, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand, and Tamil Nadu to reduce VAT now and give benefits to people, “he said.

The TMC alleged that PM Modi has been playing politics regarding fuel prices. The West Bengal government has already faced a Rs. 1500 crore deficit.

The Congress recently lashed out at the Central government over soaring prices of necessary items and asked what it was doing to bring down the prices of essential commodities that were grinding the households of common people.

He said states like Karnataka and Gujarat reduced VAT on fuel and passed on the benefits to people, despite the move hurting their treasuries.

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