Mumbai: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Tuesday attacked the BJP government over the increase in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices and termed the justification of raising funds for public welfare as “completely unfair.”
“It is completely wrong and unfair to harass people, who are already facing problems due to COVID-19 epidemic, unemployment and inflation due to persistent petrol and diesel price increases. Government’s rationale of raising funds for public welfare through this tax increase is not fair,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.
In another tweet, the BSP chief said, “It is essential to immediately stop this burden on the public pocket by constantly and arbitrarily increasing the tax on petrol, diesel etc. In fact, that will be huge welfare and favour by the government to the crores of poor, hardworking people and the middle classes of the country.”
2. केन्द्र व राज्य सरकारें अगर पेट्रोल, डीजल आदि पर कर की लगातार मनमानी वृद्धि करके जनता की जेब पर जो भारी बोझ हर दिन डाल रही हैं उसे तत्काल रोका जाना बहुत ही जरूरी। वास्तव में यही सरकार का देश की करोड़ों गरीब, मेहनतकश जनता व मध्यम वर्ग पर बड़ा एहसान व भारी जनकल्याण होगा। 2/2
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) February 23, 2021
Mayawati’s remarks came after the price of petrol touched a high of Rs 97 per litre in Mumbai on Saturday as the diesel rate crossed the Rs 88 level. It was the 12th straight day of price rise and in 2017 oil companies started revising rates on a daily basis.
The increase pushed the petrol price to Rs 90.58 a litre in Delhi.
Petrol price has already surged past the Rs 100-mark in some places in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, which levy the highest VAT on the fuel.