Ve­hi­cle own­ers can pay: Alphons

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Ve­hi­cle own­ers are “not starv­ing” and can af­ford to pay for petrol, Union tourism and IT min­is­ter Alphons Kan­nan­thanam said on Saturday, mak­ing an­other con­tro­ver­sial state­ment while de­fend­ing the fuel price hike. Ear­lier he had also said for­eign tourists should eat beef at their coun­tries be­fore com­ing to In­dia.

“All money col­lected goes to the poor and it is an in­ten­tional de­ci­sion taken by the govern­ment,” Alphons said.

Op­po­si­tion leader in Ker­ala, Ramesh Chen­nithala, hit out at the Union min­is­ter for his re­marks and de­scribed it as “ut­ter fool­ish­ness”.

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