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Priyanka Gandhi slams Centre over fuel prices, asks how much relief given to people from taxes collected

In a Facebook post, the Congress general secretary said that in 2013, when the price of crude oil in the international market was $101 per barrel, then the people were getting petrol for Rs 66 per litre and diesel for Rs 51 per litre.

June 27, 2021 / 10:53 PM IST
File image: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (left), Rahul Gandhi (centre) and Sonia Gandhi. (Image: PTI)

File image: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (left), Rahul Gandhi (centre) and Sonia Gandhi. (Image: PTI)

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday slammed the Centre over rising fuel prices and asked why the government is making the taxes on petrol and diesel a means to "loot" the people. In a Facebook post, the Congress general secretary said that in 2013, when the price of crude oil in the international market was $101 per barrel, then the people were getting petrol for Rs 66 per litre and diesel for Rs 51 per litre.

At that time, the central government used to charge only Rs 9 per litre on petrol and Rs 3 per litre on diesel, she pointed out. "In 2021, the BJP government is charging you Rs 33 in taxes on every single litre of petrol and Rs 32 on diesel. The BJP government has increased the excise duty on petrol and diesel 12 times," Priyanka Gandhi said.

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She said the BJP government has recovered about Rs 4 lakh crore in 2020-21 which is 300 per cent more than the amount collected in taxes on petrol and diesel in 2014. "Despite crude oil prices reaching $19 per barrel in the international market in April 2020, the central government did not allow its benefits to reach the people of the country but continued to fill their pockets and those of companies," Priyanka Gandhi alleged.