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Congress, BJP demand Telangana to cut VAT on fuel


Opposition Congress and BJP in Telangana have demanded that the state government cut the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to provide relief to people following the Centre’s move to cut excise duty.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Dasoju Sravan claimed that relentless struggle by the Congress party and repeated appeals by the party leader Rahul Gandhi compelled Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cut the prices.

“It’s high time that the Telangana government also proportionately reduce VAT and other taxes on petrol and diesel,” he said.

He demanded that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao cut VAT and other taxes by 30-40 per cent.

BJP state unit president Bandi Sanjay also demanded the state government to cut VAT.

He told reporters in Karimnagar on Sunday that the state government is collecting Rs 30 in form of tax on per litre petrol. He said if the state reduces the VAT, petrol price in the state can be brought down to Rs 80 per litre.

The BJP leader thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reducing the price of petrol and diesel and for giving Rs 200 subsidy on Ujjwala cylinder. He said the Centre has provided relief to people despite Covid-19 crisis and Russia-Ukraine war.

The Centre on Saturday announced Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 on diesel.

Following the Centre’s decision, the price of petrol in Hyderabad has been reduced by Rs 9.83 and that of diesel by Rs 7.67.

The new prices of petrol and diesel in Hyderabad are Rs 109.64 and Rs 97.80 respectively.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (government) had earlier rejected similar demands to reduce VAT saying it did not hike the tax in the last seven years.

Currently, VAT on petrol in Telangana is 35.2 per cent while it is 27 per cent on diesel.

The TRS government has been demanding that the Central government should reduce the cesses which it increased indiscriminately since 2014. The state government says that this will reduce fuel prices by 30 per cent.

Last month, Prime Minister Modi had asked opposition-ruled states to cut VAT. However, state minister and TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao blamed the Modi government for the fuel price hike.

Rama Rao had said that Telangana hasn’t increased VAT on fuel since 2014 and rounded off only once.

“We don’t get 41 per cent of our rightful share because of the Cess imposed by your govt. In the form of Cess you are looting 11.4 per cent from the state & we are getting only 29.6 per cent for FY23,” he had tweeted.

He had also stated that if Cess is scrapped, petrol can be sold at Rs 70 and diesel at Rs 60 all over India.

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TDP stages protest at petrol bunks in Andhra for VAT cut


Andhra Pradesh’s opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Tuesday staged protests at petrol bunks across the state, demanding the YSRCP government cut Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.

Leaders and cadres of the TDP took part in the protest in response to the call given by the party’s national President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The TDP activists held banners and placards and raised slogans, criticising the Jaganmohan Reddy government for not reducing VAT on petrol and diesel. They said since many states have reduced VAT, providing relief to common man, Andhra Pradesh should also follow them.

The TDP leaders alleged that the Chief Minister was not doing anything to provide relief to the common public from rising prices of essential commodities. The protesters sounded the horns of their bikes to register their protest.

The TDP leaders demanded that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy take steps to reduce VAT on fuel without trying to mislead people. They said people knew how the state government was collecting Rs 5 to Rs 7 per litre in excess on fuel when compared to other states.

The Telugu Desam leaders held protests at Dharna Chowk, Bhavanipuram, Benz Circle, and other places in Vijayawada city. Former minister Kollu Ravindra, party state General Secretary Panchumarty Anuradha, former mayor Gadde Anuradha and others took part. They asserted that their party would continue its agitation till the government would give up its adamant attitude on fuel prices.

At some places, police resorted to preventive arrests of TDP leaders and disallowed them from taking part in protests. Several leaders were taken into custody in Kadapa district during the day.

At some places, TDP leaders staged novel protest by garlanding and breaking coconuts in front of petrol and diesel pumps. They sought blessings of the gods for bestowing good sense on the Chief Minister to reduce fuel prices so as to reduce the financial burden on the common public.

In Tirupati, former MLA Sugunamma led the TDP protest at the local petrol bunks.

The main opposition party held hour-long protests in Gannavaram, Eluru, Gudivada, Rajahmundry, Tenali, Ponnur, Guntur, and other places. MLA Gorantla Butchayya Chowdary, former MLAs Alapati Raja, Dhulipalla Narendra and other leaders took part in protests in their respective places.

They demanded the YSRCP government to explain why it was not willing to reduce VAT even when the Central government has cut the excise duty on fuel.

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Andhra to decide on cutting fuel price at ‘right time’


The Andhra Pradesh government made it clear on Saturday that it is not in a hurry to follow suit with the Central government, which recently reduced the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10, respectively.

After the Centre’s decision to cut excise duty, many states and Union Territories also chose to cut the value added tax (VAT) on auto fuels, providing relief to the customers.

Deputy Chief Minister Dharmana Krishnadas said that the state government will take the right decision on fuel pricing at the right time.

Speaking to the media, the minister maintained that the state government’s decision on the matter would be in the best interest of the people.

Ever since the Central government announced excise duty cut on the eve of Diwali, opposition parties in the state have been demanding a price cut on auto fuels.

Fuel prices in Andhra Pradesh remain the highest in south India, with petrol selling at Rs 110.35 and diesel selling at Rs 96.44 per litre.

Earlier on Saturday, TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu targeted Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on the issue.

Recalling that when Reddy was in the opposition, he had promised to reduce fuel prices in the state, Naidu demanded to know why the Chief Minister is silent now.

Naidu demanded a minimum reduction of Rs 16 per litre in fuel prices.

“Fuel prices have a bearing on all sectors, including agriculture. Farmers are becoming debt-ridden because of increasing fuel prices. We will protest at fuel stations on Tuesday afternoon for an hour across the state,” Naidu said.

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Price of diesel too crosses Rs 100 mark in Hyderabad


The price of diesel in Hyderabad crossed Rs 100 a litre mark on Thursday.

The oil companies on Thursday increased the prices of petrol and diesel increased by 32 paise and 38 paise, respectively. With the latest hike, the price of petrol in the city shot up to Rs 107.41 per litre and that of diesel to Rs 100.13 per litre.

It was on June 14 that the price of petrol had crossed Rs 100. Since then, the price of petrol has been hiked by nearly Rs 8 per litre while the price of diesel has gone up by almost Rs 5.

The price of premium petrol, the fuel with additives that is sold under different names by various petroleum companies, had already crossed Rs 100.

The fuel prices have been on a rise since May 4, and the cumulative increase has been to the tune of above Rs 13 in prices of petrol and above Rs 11 of diesel.

Oil companies have attributed the hike to the rally in oil prices in international market.

Among metros, Mumbai now has the highest petrol price at Rs 109.25 per litre, followed by Hyderabad at Rs 107.41.

The prices vary from state to state due to different rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) and also due to transportation charges from the nearest refinery.

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