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Karnataka slashes tax on petrol; BJP challenges opposition

BJP Karnataka said the NDA states had decided to reduce the VAT, benefitting the people, but opposition-ruled states were yet to follow suit

With BJP-ruled states like Karnataka announcing cut in petrol and diesel following the union government’s announcement of reducing the excise duty on and diesel, the BJP today questioned the opposition-ruled states about their petrol and diesel price status.

The Twitter handle of BJP Karnataka said the NDA state governments had immediately decided on reducing the VAT, benefitting crores of people, but the opposition-ruled states were yet to follow suit.

The swipe came as Karnataka became the first state to reduce sales tax on and diesel, which will bring down by Rs 19.47.

The government release said diesel prices had been reduced from Rs 104.50 on November 3 to Rs 85.03, which was a reduction of Rs 19.47. prices are reduced from Rs 113.93 on November 3 to Rs 100.63, which is a reduction of Rs 13.30.

The Karnataka share from sales tax on has been reduced from 35% to 25.9% and that on diesel has been reduced from 24% to 14.34% by virtue of today’s notification, it said.

“Opposition parties were lecturing about the price rise of petrol and diesel. Yesterday, PM Narendra Modi reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel. NDA state governments immediately reduced the on them benefitting crores of people. Opposition-rules states are yet to reduce the same,” BJP Karnataka tweeted.

Apart from the BJP-ruled states, Odisha has announced reduction, while Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said VAT imposed by state will get reduced automatically with the union government slashing its excise duty. “I would once again urge prime minister (Narendra Modi) to reduce excise duty so that people can get the relief from rising inflation. Our government is ready to bear the revenue loss for public welfare,” Gehlot said. In Rajasthan, petrol will be cheaper by Rs 6.8 per litre and diesel by 12.6 per litre.

Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Karnataka, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, and Uttarakhand have announced cut after the union government reduced excise duty by Rs 5 on petrol and Rs 10 on diesel.

The INC has been critical of the union government’s announcement a day before Diwali and termed it a ‘jumla‘. INC politician P Chidambaram today said the decision was a “by-product of by-elections”. To this, former petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “If the accusation is being sensitive to people’s demand and sharing their sorrow, we happily accept it as the #ModiGovt stands for being with the people in their happiness as well as in grief.”

INC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi said the decision was out of fear and not from the heart.

At one point in October, petrol and diesel cost 30% more than jet fuel in India.

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