Relief Policy: The Center Is Pressing Non-Bjp States To Lower Gasoline And Diesel Prices, After Excise Tax, Now The Tub Has Become A Handmade Weapon


Amid skyrocketing gasoline and diesel prices, the BJP has initiated the easing policy to surround opposition-ruled states. After the reduction of the excise duty on gasoline and diesel tariffs, opposition governments are being pressured to lower prices by lowering VAT in BJP-ruled states. Since the excise duty cut on Wednesday, 23 NDA-governed states have cut VAT on gasoline and diesel by Rs 8 and 9, respectively, through Friday. At the same time, 13 states governed by Congress and other opposition parties have yet to make any decisions on reducing VAT.

The BJP’s strategy is to hold states equally responsible for petrochemical inflation. The BJP and the central government jumped into action this week after the results of the by-elections to three Lok Sabha seats and 29 assembly seats in 13 states. Especially in view of the report of increased dissatisfaction with gasoline and diesel prices, suddenly, after three years, the excise duty was reduced.

Along with this, the party ordered the autonomous states to reduce VAT on petrochemicals to surround the opposition on this issue. Following this directive, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tripura, Goa, Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim have deducted VAT on Diwali. On the other hand, Meghalaya cut VAT on Friday.

VAT can be further reduced in electoral states
In the five states where elections will be held next year, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur, the BJP has its own government in three states and the government of the NDA in Manipur. Assembly elections will be held in these states in February-March next year. BJP sources said that, if necessary, VAT can be further reduced in electoral states governed by parties before elections. At present, the party’s eyes are circling the opposition. In this sequence, the BJP will continue to attack the governments of these states until the VAT is reduced. The party’s strategy is to hold the opposition responsible for the increase in the price of gasoline and diesel.

It is also the responsibility of the states to give relief
Former CM deputy from Bihar and BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said that when it comes to providing relief, together with the Center, the states also bear the responsibility. By reducing excise duties, the central government has fulfilled its duty to provide relief by reducing VAT by states governed by the NDA. Now it is the turn of the states not governed by NDA. They should also cut VAT to relieve the public.

These states, including the UP, gave relief
Union states and territories that deduct VAT include Karnataka, Puducherry, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman Diu, Chandigarh, Haryana , Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and include Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh and Meghalaya.

States, which claim to be friendly to the poor, did not cut VAT
The opposition states, which continued to call themselves benevolent of the poor, have so far not reduced VAT on gasoline and diesel. Among them, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu ruled by Congress and their allies have not reduced VAT so far. Apart from this, Delhi governed by the AAP, West Bengal of TMC and Kerala of the left-wing party, Odisha of BJD, Telangana of TRS and Andhra Pradesh governed by the YSR Congress have also not reduced VAT. The Left Front government in Kerala has bluntly said that it already charges less VAT, so there is no question of reducing it further.

After the cut, the price of gasoline in 19 states fell from 100
After the reduction of excise duty and VAT, the price of gasoline has dropped to less than Rs 100 per liter in 19 states across the country. However, in Karnataka, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Ladakh prices are still above Rs 100. The price of gasoline in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, was 100.58 rupees per liter on Friday. At the same time, the price was Rs 105.90 in Patna, Rs 107.23 in Bhopal and Rs 102.99 per liter in Ladakh.


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