Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urging him to reduce the VAT on petrol and diesel to “provide relief” to the people of the Capital.

Mr. Maken, further demanded that the prices should be reduced and levelled with the rates during the Congress regime in the Capital.

Stating that the VAT on petrol and diesel in December 2013, was Rs. 4.3 per litre and Rs. 6.45 per litre respectively, Mr. Maken in his letter to the Chief Minister said, “Under your government, the VAT on petrol per litre is Rs. 22.68 and on diesel its Rs. 12.45 per litre as on October 4. That means that the citizens of Delhi have to shell out an extra amount of Rs. 8.38 per litre of petrol and Rs. 6 per litre on diesel.”

Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress chief

Sharmistha Mukherjee said, “The Congress party has been repeatedly asking the Modi government to bring petroleum products under GST, but it has not been done and as a result, petrol and diesel are cheaper in Noida and Haryana than in Delhi, as different States have varying tax structures.”

Costly affair

Stating that the Delhi Value Added Tax (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015, had proved “costly for the citizens of Delhi”, Mr. Maken added, “All three, AAP government, Union Home Ministry and the representative of the Central government in Delhi passed and approved a Bill within an excessive short span of 10 days without considering the detrimental effect it was going to have for common citizens of Delhi.”

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