JKNPP protests steep rise of fuel prices
State Times News MAJALTA: Peeved over the sharp rise in prices of petrol, diesel besides other essential commodities during the last six years of the BJP regime, scores of Panther activists spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman JKNPP staged a vociferous protest at Thalora in Tehsil Majalta of Ramnagar constituency today. While raising anti-BJP slogans, the agitated protesters expressed their resentment over the current inflation trends of fuel and gas in the country which had severely broken the back of the common masses. Describing India’s Petrol and Diesel prices costliest in Southeast Asia, Harsh divulged that while the prices of crude oil had fallen sharply all across the world, the BJP led Central government continued to levy heavy excise duty on petrol and diesel in the country. He further said that at the time when GST had been introduced to rationalise indirect taxes in the country, it was indeed hypocritical to keep petro-products outside the GST ambit in order to raise additional central revenues. “The retail prices of petrol and diesel still continue to inflate on frequent basis amid Corona pandemic when the crude oil only costs Rs. 23 per litre to the oil companies. If the processed and refined petrol sold on retail at Rs. 81 per litre on an average is brought under the new tax regime, it will cost as little as Rs. 46 per litre at 12% GST rate and diesel at Rs. 73 per litre on an average will cost Rs. 40 per litre. The hike in fuel prices has subsequently led to a steep rise in transportation fares which has made other essential commodities dearer and unaffordable for the common man”, Harsh rued. Regretting that inflation had become a hallmark of BJP’s governance, Harsh rued that Saffron government while levying exorbitant excise duty and other hefty taxes from the people was deplorably asking them to contribute towards the PM Cares Fund in view of Corona pandemic which only tantamount to loot and plunder of public’s hard earned money. He said that the Govt was burning holes in the pockets of the poor and the middle class to allow the oil companies to make surplus profits. “What happened to the whopping excise duty worth Rs. 18 lakh crores collected from fuel in the past six years? How could you extort unjustified money from the people in the difficult times when they are facing the wrath of COVID-19 pandemic? When will you stop robbing the limited budget of a common man? When will you expiate for your sins?”, anguished Harsh asked BJP. He said that with the petrol and diesel becoming dearer, the price rise of domestic LPG cylinders had also added to the woes of the end consumers. He further pointed out that prices of almost all the essential commodities including the staple vegetables, edible oils, dairy products had also crossed all time high to break the back of a common man. Singh said that NPP shall agitate on every nook and corner of Jammu Pradesh to expose, oppose and depose the BJP for its duplicity, deceit and betrayals. He asked the GoI to immediately withdraw the massive excise duty imposed on diesel and petrol and bring them under the purview of the GST regime without any further delay so that the general public was provided relief against the spiralling prices of fuel, gas and others. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Sarpanch Dharam Singh Bittu, Sarpanch Karnail Singh, Sarpanch Feroz Din, Sarpanch Rajkumar Sharma, Nb. Sarpanch Nirmal Kesar, Parshotam Singh, Bishan Dass and Sukhjeet.
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