Rahul Gandhi slams Centre on fuel price hike

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked the government over the recent price hikes. “Middle class, poor pay for gifts crony capitalists get,” he wrote on Twitter.

Gandhi also used a graph to show that prices of petrol and diesel were low in May 2014 under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government despite high crude costs globally.

The graph also showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government raised the excise duty on petrol 258.47% and on diesel 819.94% by June 15 this year.

The Congress has been demanding that petrol and diesel prices be brought under the ambit of GST.

The opposition party has also demanded a rollback of excise duty hikes on petrol, diesel to bring down their prices. The grand old party has maintained that the government is earning out of the pockets of the poor by imposing high taxes on petrol and diesel, depriving the common man the benefit of lower crude oil prices.

Oil companies raised petrol price by 48 paise per litre and diesel by 23 paise per litre on Monday morning. In nine hikes since June 7, cumulatively petrol prices have gone up by Rs 5 per litre and diesel by Rs 4.87 a litre on Monday.

Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT.

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