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Fresh demand to bring Petrol, Diesel under GST as prices touch new high

Sunday January 21, 2018 7:11 PM, & Agencies

Petrol Diesel under GST

New Delhi:
Amid rising fuel prices in India, clamour to bring petrol and diesel under Goods & Services Tax (GST) has become louder - this time led by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

Accusing the Modi government of being "anti-consumer", Chidambaram said citizens are being "squeezed" due to the increasing petrol and diesel prices.

"Petrol and Diesel prices have hit the roof. Govt continues to squeeze the consumers. Absolutely anti-consumer", Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

"Why doesn't the BJP bring Petrol and Diesel under GST and give relief to consumers?", Chidambaram said.

"Government has reaped a windfall through massive taxation of Petrol and Diesel. And the money was squandered in wasteful expenditure", he said.

In the past week, petrol prices were hiked by 14-15 paise per litre in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai, while diesel rates increased by 19-20 paise per litre, according to Indian Oil Corporation.

Demand to bring petrol and diesel under GST has been constantly being raised and it was also supported by petroleum minister.

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