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Alphons stokes row over high oil prices

Alphons stokes row over high oil prices

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said that Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam's statement that people who use petrol and diesel are rich enough, and the hiking of the prices of fuel is deliberate, was utter foolishness. Somebody who has a vehicle, bike; certainly he is not starving. "We are going to tax people who can afford to pay". "We are here for welfare of the downtrodden, ensure electricity in every village, make houses, build toilets".

Calling Alphons a true follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Veerapa Moily said, 'The statement lacks government skills. It is going to cost enormous amount of money. The money collected as taxes, goes for implementing welfare schemes for the poor, he said, adding this was to enable them have a dignified life.

Meanwhile, a group of Youth Congress activists began a march to present eyeglasses to Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday at his residence but were stopped by police. He doesn't know the reality; he just jumps from one event to another'.

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The fuel prices fluctuate daily but below is the price of fuel put up on September 15 across various cities of the country.

His comments coming at a time when fuel prices are at a three-year high when worldwide crude prices have crashed were described by opposition parties as insensitive to the common man's problems.

On the other hand, Congress on Friday announced that the party would start a nationwide agitation against the "draconian" increase in central excise duty on fuel. The minister said the Centre would consider bringing petroleum and liquor under GST, if state governments agree to it. The minister also denied reports that diesel price rise has escalated price of essential commodities.


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