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BJP looting common masses amid Corona pandemic: Harsh
JKNPP protests steep rise of fuel prices
7/5/2020 12:40:22 AM


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UDHAMPUR, July 4: 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 demonstration 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 Dev Singh 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 rationalize 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, Singh 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.
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