Cong de­mands re­duc­tion of petrol, diesel prices in Delhi

Millennium Post - - CITY -

NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress pres­i­dent Ajay Maken on Thurs­day said his party will be­gin a sig­na­ture cam­paign at petrol pumps across the city to protest against the unprecedented rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.

"The party has de­cided to col­lect 10 lakh sig­na­tures to be sub­mit­ted to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal," he said.

Maken said the prices of petrol and diesel have reached record high prices, de­spite a sharp fall in the prices of crude oil in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, re­sult­ing in ex­tra load on the backs of the com­mon peo­ple.

He fur­ther said that Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal in­creased the Value Added Tax (VAT) twice by mak­ing amend­ments in the law, which re­sulted in the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.

As a re­sult, the ex­cise plus VAT in­crease on petrol was 104.42 per cent while taxes on diesel were pegged at 226.02 per cent.

Sim­i­larly, he said, the Bjp-led Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment in­creased the ex­cise duty on petrol and diesel five times which re­sulted in the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.

Maken said Delhi Congress will also hold a mas­sive protest demon­stra­tion at Jan­tar Man­tar on Septem­ber 20 de­mand­ing roll back of the ex­cise and VAT.

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