As Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged higher fuel prices in many opposition-ruled states including Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday said the PM “by mistake instead of saying Bhopal, mentioned Jaipur” as petrol and diesel cost more in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress leader also said Rajasthan government reduced VATs on diesel and petrol on three occasions, which resulted an annual revenue loss of about Rs 6,300 crore “but the PM only mentioned the revenue loss of 6,000 crores of Karnataka and Rs 3500-4000 crores of Gujarat (both states ruled by BJP)”.
He claimed the Centre has earned about Rs 26 lakh crore from excise duty in eight years which, he said, is the highest amount earned by any dispensation in the history of the country by imposing tax on petrol and diesel.
The PM talked about VAT levied by states, but did not give information about the excise of the Central government, he said.
The PM in a meeting with CMs earlier in the day had urged states to reduce VAT to benefit of the people. He mentioned names of cities including Jaipur and fuel price there.