New Delhi: Amid rising fuel prices in India, clamour to bring petrol and diesel under Goods & Services Tax (GST) has become louder - this time led by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
Accusing the Modi government of being "anti-consumer", Chidambaram said citizens are being "squeezed" due to the increasing petrol and diesel prices.
"Petrol and Diesel prices have hit the roof. Govt continues to squeeze the consumers. Absolutely anti-consumer", Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.
"Why doesn't the BJP bring Petrol and Diesel under GST and give relief to consumers?", Chidambaram said.
Why doesn't the BJP bring Petrol and Diesel under GST and give relief to consumers?— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) January 21, 2018
"Government has reaped a windfall through massive taxation of Petrol and Diesel. And the money was squandered in wasteful expenditure", he said.
In the past week, petrol prices were hiked by 14-15 paise per litre in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai, while diesel rates increased by 19-20 paise per litre, according to Indian Oil Corporation.
Demand to bring petrol and diesel under GST has been constantly being raised and it was also supported by petroleum minister.
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