Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that due to the persistent protests by Delhi Congress, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind has been forced to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol, but unless VAT on diesel is also reduced, Delhiites will continue to suffer, as soaring prices of all the essential commodities, due to high rates of transportation costs, have disturbed the household budgets of the people. Anil Kumar demanded immediate reduce of VAT on diesel if the Arvind Government is sincere about providing some relief to Delhiites, ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, and its after-effect.
Delhi Congress has been agitating, demanding reduction of VAT on petroleum products, after the Central Government made marginal reduction on Excise Duty on petrol and diesel, but it was not making much of a difference to the common people. He said that with the Arvind Government refusing to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel, petrol was being sold in Delhi for over Rs 100 per litre till yesterday.Central and Delhi Governments had looted lakhs of crores in oil taxes from the people, and despite persistent protests by the Congress party for the past eight months, and Modi and Arvind making hollow promises, the taxes on petroleum products were reduced when prices of all the essential commodities had soared past the roof, and both PM Modi and CM Arvind had run out of all the excuses to further fool the people.despite many State Governments reducing VAT on petrol and diesel, including Congress-ruled States Punjab and Rajasthan, Delhi CM Arvind tried to delay it as far as possible, and when he half-hearted reduced VAT on petrol, he still did not reduce VAT on diesel. He said that Delhi Congress will force the Arvind Government to roll back VAT on diesel as well, if he does not lower the price with immediate effect.