Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging states to cut VAT on fuel to pass on the benefits to citizens has elicited a sharp response from the Opposition chief ministers who wondered why can’t the Centre cut taxes instead.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the PM "should feel ashamed" to ask states to cut taxes since there had been no hike in fuel tax since 2015 in his state.
“Why can't the Centre cut taxes instead of asking states? The Centre has not only enhanced taxes, it also collects cess. If you have the guts, explain the enhanced taxes," Rao was quoted as saying by NDTV.
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Truth hurts, but facts speak for themselves. 18% VAT on petrol & 16% on diesel in Haryana among lowest. An aspiring leader from the state protests against these, but is silent on Rajasthan ruled by his own party which imposes 31.08% +₹1500 /KL cess- among the highest in country!