Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday slammed the Centre saying that it lied on petrol and diesel prices, crude oil prices was 105 US dollars in 2014 and now it is 83 US dollars.
"BJP lied to public saying that prices of petrol and diesel have increased internationally," he said.
His remarks on fuel prices come days after the Narendra Modi led government slashed excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 while that on diesel by Rs 10 following which many states reduced value added tax on fuel.
Further speaking on farmers protest he said, "We will support the farmers who are protesting against 3 farm laws."
"We will support the farmers who are protesting against 3 farm laws. What has BJP did in the last 7 years? India’s GDP is less than Bangladesh, Pakistan and Centre has increased taxes unnecessarily, "Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao was quoted as saying by news agency ANI in Hyderabad.
"What has BJP did in the last 7 years? India’s GDP is less than Bangladesh, Pakistan and Centre has increased taxes unnecessarily," the CM alleged.
Centre has lied on petrol and diesel prices, crude oil prices was 105 US dollars in 2014 and now it is 83 US dollars. BJP lied to public saying that prices of petrol and diesel have increased internationally: Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao in Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/SvkriJy3AC— ANI (@ANI) November 7, 2021
Notably, two days ago, the BJP in Telangana demanded that the TRS government slash the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel as done by the BJP-ruled states after the Union government cut the excise duty on fuel. State BJP chief Bandi Sanjay demanded that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) reduce VAT to provide relief to common man. He pointed out that many BJP-ruled states proactively reduced VAT after the BJP-led government at the Union government announced excise duty reduction on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 per litre, respectively.
BJP MLA Raja Singh demanded that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announce reduction in VAT on petrol and diesel, noting that the TRS had been criticising BJP for hike in petrol and diesel prices during the campaign for Huzurabad Assembly by-election.
In 2014 the VAT in Telangana was 31% and it was increased to 35.2% in 2015, but there has been no increase since then. The TRS leader tagged a chart to show how the Union government increased the excise duty.
Meanwhile, Telangana BJP MLA MLA Eatala Rajender said the people of Telangana were looking for an alternative to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and TRS, which would be delivered in the 2023 elections by the demolition of TRS and BJP coming to power.