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Bengaluru: BJP wants state tax hike on fuel withdrawn


Bengaluru, Jan 9 (IANS): Slamming the Karnataka coalition government for burdening the people again, the opposition BJP on Wednesday urged Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to withdraw the 2 per cent hike in state tax on petrol and diesel.

"The basic price of petrol and diesel has declined across the country over the last 2 months due to fall in international crude oil prices. Instead of making the people benefit from lower prices, the state government had increased the sales  tax on fuel by 2 per cent since January 1. It should be rolled back," state BJP's state unit general secretary C T Ravi told reporters here.

Kumaraswamy, who also holds the finance portfolio, increased the state tax to 32 per cent on petrol and to 21 per cent on diesel because their base price decreased since November.

"As the fuel prices declined after fall in crude oil rates in the global market since November, the state tax has been revised to 32 per cent on petrol from 30 per cent and to 21 per cent on diesel from 19 per cent since January 1, 2019," said a statement by the chief minister's office here on January 5.

Noting that the state tax on petrol was Rs 20.59 per litre and Rs 13.75 on diesel per litre, which was among the highest in the country, Ravi said the state levy was three times over that levied by the state-run oil marketing firms.

"When fuel prices decline, the ruling coalition partners (Congress and Janata Dal-Secular) say it is owing to fall in crude oil rates and when they go up, they blame the Modi government for it, indulging in double-speak," said Ravi.

The state government had on September 17 reduced its tax on petrol to 28.75 per cent from 32 per cent and diesel to 17.73 per cent from 21 per cent in a bid to give relief to the people from on soaring international crude oil prices.

In the state budget for fiscal 2018-19 Kumaraswamy presented on July 5 Che increased the state tax on petrol by 2 per cent to 32 per cent from 30 per cent and on diesel to 21 per cent from 19 per cent with effect from July 15 despite protests and public resentment.

"We will launch a protest strike if the hike in the state tax on the fuel is not rolled back before the Sankranti festival next week," a party official told IANS./Eom/405 words.


Comment on this article

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    First give our Promised Rs. 15 Lacks 😂😂😂

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Actually Kumaraswamy has increased the tax on fuel in K'Nataka to net money to offset losses due to waiver of "farm" loans lent to JDS & CONgress workers camouflaging as farmers

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    One more joker emerged...!!!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    ಚಾಯವಾಲಡ ಪಾತೆರ್ಲಯ ಪೆಟ್ರೋಲ್ತ ಕ್ರಯ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಮಲ್ಪ್ಯಾರ, ಸೀಠಿ ಬಜಾಕೆ. faku maharaja wanted more prices 4 diesel & petrol 4 his 4in tours.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    When chaiwala Feku increased the fuel price rs. 90 plus these people sit under their tail. No protest.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    He must have got the vision from Big Boss Modiji.
    Election time is nearing and must bring some benefit to the public.
    All eye wash.
    BJP ka naam roshan karo

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    BRAINLESS JUNIOR CHAIWALA.....

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  • Sri_Educated, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    this feku baba was sleeping ... while centre increased petrol prices everyday

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  • ummar, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    First U look on Centeral And Talk to u r Chaiwala Regarding this things then comes down to state .. he also good for Cow matha Minister

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    You convince Modi to sell petrol @prices offered by UPA and then talk about state taxes. A rate applied considering crude oil prices that were more than the double that are now.

    Ungrateful thugs - go and live in Goa where you can demand the state govt to reduce all taxes.

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  • Gurukanth Baliga, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Which means you want subsidy???? Why should I pay tax for Your subsidy???

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  • Amith, NAGPUR

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Why should I pay tax for Cow mathas GOSALAS? You take care of your Cow mumma, why should I?????

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  • Gurukanth Baliga, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    I don’t think there is Gosala cess in Nagpur... if there is one go to court and say the same...

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    I don't want subsidy but Modi wants it back as a gift from me. He offers with one hand and sends an appreciation letter on other to those who forfeited it.

    Utter beggar !

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  • Sannu, Qatar

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Dear Ravi
    Why you never went against when BJP did this in Karnataka now you got up from sleep why are you not speaking about the Rafael Deal bcoz its been done by BJP be truth to speak

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  • SUNNY DSOUZA, MARNIMIKATTE MANGALORE

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Where was this guy when Center was/ is not reducing Petrol and diesel price's, WHY he is not asking the question to the government. Why fuel not under GST
    Simply taking Jumbla

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