The newly inducted minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Alphons Kannanthanam has made a hugely controversial remarks justifying the hike in petrol and diesel prices while mocking India’s middle class population.
He said, “There is nothing wrong in what I said. People with a car or bike are in the upper class. They should pay up. How else will the poor be taken care of taken?”
Speaking to News 18, Kannanthanam added, “It was during the UPA regime that people’s money was stolen by the government. This is not the same government. We are here for the poor and the downtrodden. Uplifting them is going to cost a lot of money and we are going to tax people who can afford to pay.”
The central government has been under fire for the phenomenal rise in prices of diesel and petrol in India even when the crude oil prices in international prices have been historic low.
Delhi Congress on Thursday had hit out at the BJP-ruled Centre for the “historic” rise in prices of petrol and diesel.
The party will launch a campaign to collect one million signatures against hike in the fuel prices and hold a mega demonstration at Jantar Mantar on September 20, said Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken.
Releasing a comparative data of the petrol and diesel prices during the Congress-led
UPA regime in 2014 and the present BJP-led NDA Government, Maken said that the
total tax on Rs 100 of petrol which stands at Rs. 51.78 today, was Rs. 34.45 during the
In a special report, Janta Ka Reporter, had revealed how the central government was collecting more than 100% taxes on every litre of petrol sold in India through taxes.