JAMMU: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit tonight indicated that Delhi government may consider cutting taxes on petrol to provide some relief from the hike in fuel price.
“We will see what we can do,” Dikshit told reporters when asked whether her government will reduce VAT on petrol.
Dikshit, however, justified the steep hike saying oil companies were incurring huge losses and the hike was necessary.
She is on a private visit to Jammu. In a bid to give some relief from the steep petrol price increase, Kerala and Uttarakhand governments earlier today waived tax on the additional amount to bring down the fuel price by up to 25 per cent of the hike.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today criticised the hike of Rs 7.50 in petrol price calling it economic mismanagement, while the CPI M) termed it unprecedented for a one-time hike.
“Petrol rate hike, price rise and decline in the value of rupee indicate economic mismanagement, which is a cause of concern for the common people,” Munda said in a release here.
“Prices of essential commodities have increased manifold, putting the common people in trouble. If efforts are not made to rein in these problems the poor would be hard pressed,” he said.
Demanding immediate roll back, the Central Committee member of the CPI (M), J S Mazumdar, claimed with the latest petro-hike the total amount of hike on the fuel since 2010 stood at Rs 25.
“And Rs 7.50 is unprecedented for a one-time hike. We have protested in Jharkhand and other parts of the country against the hike and demanded roll back,” Mazumdar added.
CPI (ML-Liberation) MLA Vinod Kumar Singh said, “The hike comes barely three days after UPA-II celebrated its completion of three years in office. The government should roll back immediately”.
Meanwhile, separate protest demonstrations against the hike staged in most parts of the state by BJP, left and other parties.
In a statement, BJP’s Jharkhand unit spokesman Pradip Kumar Sinha said, “Instead of solving the problems of the common people, the UPA government has been compounding their miseries”.
“The hike is a gift to the already burdened common people on the occasion of the third anniversary of the UPA-II,” he alleged.
BJP activists burnt effigies at different district headquarters in protest against the hike, he added.