Vehicle own­ers can af­ford to pay more for fuel; they aren’t starv­ing: Union min­is­ter

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T’Pu­ram: Vehicle own­ers are “not starv­ing” and can af­ford to pay for petrol, Union min­is­ter Alphons Kan­nan­thanam said on Satur­day, de­fend­ing the rise in fuel prices. “All the money col­lected goes to the poor and it is an in­ten­tional de­ci­sion taken by the gov­ern­ment,” he said, adding that taxes were aimed at mo­bil­is­ing re­sources for in­fra­struc­ture projects. “So we are go­ing to tax people who can af­ford to pay. Who buys petrol? Some­body with a car, some­body with a bike. Cer­tainly, they are not starv­ing. Some­body who can af­ford to pay, has to pay,” the min­is­ter said. When it was pointed out that the BJP had op­posed fuel price hikes dur­ing the UPA regime, Alphons said the gov­ern­ment was us­ing the money for the poor and down­trod­den.

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