Kazakhstan is experiencing the worst street protests since the country gained independence three decades ago. The demonstrations began over a near-doubling of prices for a type of vehicle fuel and quickly spread across the country.
Some 25 states in the country have already reduced the excise duty on fuel and provided relief to people, the former Maharashtra chief minister said.
Many BJP-ruled states such as Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tripura, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Assam, Bihar and Haryana have slashed VAT on fuel after the Centre cut petrol and diesel prices by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively.
BJP West Bengal state unit vice-president Raju Banerjee said the party will take out a rally from its headquarters at around 1 pm on Monday.
In Punjab, petrol will now cost Rs 95 per litre and diesel Rs 83.75 per litre. A decision in this regard was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
After Centre’s cut in excise duty and further reduction in VAT by the Chandigarh administration and Haryana government, fuel prices have dropped drastically in Chandigarh and Panchkula.
AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia demanded that the central government should reduce fuel prices, saying that states have fewer resources.
The state’s Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, announced that the petrol will now cost Rs 95.90 per litre and diesel Rs 81.5 per litre in Karnataka.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram targeted BJP over cut in excise duties of petrol and diesel, saying it is a ‘by product’ of recent bypoll results.
Since states charge local sales tax or VAT not just on the base price but also on the excise duty levied by the centre, the total incidence of price reduction is higher.
The petrol in capital Delhi is priced at Rs 105.14 a litre, while diesel is priced at Rs 93.87 per litre.
The union finance minister remained non-commital on excise duty cut on petrol and diesel saying payments in lieu of past subsidised fuel pose limitations.
State Finance Minister P.T. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, during his budget speech in the assembly, said that he had been instructed by Chief Minister M.K Stalin to provide some relief to the working class and middle class.
Senior Congress leader Birajit Sinha was seen pedalling a cycle rickshaw in Kailashahar town in North Tripura district on Friday to protest against rising prices of petrol and diesel.
As per the Office for National Statistics the annual rate of inflation rose to 2.5% in June from 2.1% the previous month
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