Bengal: BJP of Bengal calls on Trinamool congressional government to reduce state fuel tax


The West Bengal BJP said Thursday that Mamata Banerjee’s government should cut VAT on gasoline and diesel, taking cues from the Center, if it was serious about being pro-people. The TMC, however, called the Centre’s decision to reduce excise duties on gasoline and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively per liter “just eye drops”.

Describing the Center’s decision as a “gift from Diwali to the nation,” West Bengal Assembly opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari took to Twitter and said: “Now the government of the World Bank should follow suit and cut state taxes to cut rates further. ”

BJP National Vice President Dilip Ghosh tweeted that the TMC government, “which claims to be pro-people,” has its work cut out for reducing the VAT it imposes on petroleum products.

The party’s state chairman, Sukanta Majumdar, also made a similar request.

Claiming that the excise duty cut is “just eye drops,” TMC Secretary General and State Spokesman Kunal Ghosh nonetheless stressed that the meager reduction was announced after the rates have reached the ceiling.

“They should bring down the main component of the price,” he tweeted.

The TMC chief argued that the Center levies a higher tax on petroleum products than the state, and as such the reduction in excise duties would not have much impact on government finances. of the Union.

He further alleged that the Center gives BJP-led states more funding than those with opposition parties at the helm.

“BJP-led state governments receive their dues from the Center because of the taxes it levies, but Bengal remains private,” Ghosh said, reiterating TMC’s claim that the Union government is granting a “mother-in-law treatment” at Mamata Banerjee. government.

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