Rising fuel prices indicate central government failure, TN congressional committee chairman


KS Alagiri led a demonstration in Villupuram; Center should immediately withdraw the additional taxes, he said

Tamil Nadu Congressional Committee (TNCC) chairman KS Alagiri on Thursday criticized the Center for rising fuel prices and said it indicated the government’s failure, due to its lack of economic knowledge.

Participating in a protest and signature campaign against the hike in Villupuram, he said when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in power the international price of crude oil was $ 108 a barrel while gasoline was sold for 70 yen. Today, the international price of crude oil was $ 50 per barrel, while the price of gasoline is $ 100 per liter.

Mr Alagiri said the imposition of additional excise taxes has caused fuel prices to continue to rise. If the current trend of uncontrolled prices continued, even regular curry leaves would become more expensive. The Center should immediately withdraw the additional tax and reduce prices, he said.

Referring to the issue of the Mekedatu Dam, Alagiri said it was not correct for Karnataka to argue that Cauvery water from the state was theirs. This is completely unacceptable and the position of Congress is that Karnataka should not build a dam on the site.

The government of Tamil Nadu has already raised the issue with the Center and Karnataka is not expected to start construction of a dam in Mekedatu without state approval, he added.

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