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Ask whoever voted, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on the non-reduction of VAT on petrol and diesel in the states

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Despite the reduction of excise duty i.e. excise tax on petrol and diesel by the Center, many states have not yet reduced the value added tax i.e. VAT. Regarding this, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the public should ask their elected governments why they have not reduced the prices of petrol and diesel till the last. Sitharaman also said that petrol and diesel cannot be brought under the purview of GST until the GST Council fixes the price for its inclusion.

Let us tell you that one evening before Diwali, the central government had reduced the excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 and on diesel by Rs 10 per liter. After this some states cut VAT to reduce the cost of fuel. However, some states demanded the Center to cut excise duty further. According to the news of NDTV, Sitharaman said this during a press conference after a meeting with the Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers of all the states regarding climate change.

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For example, the Finance Minister of Kerala described the decision of the Central Government as ‘Damage Control’. At the same time, the defeat of BJP in by-elections in many states was also linked to the prices of petrol and diesel. Nirmala Sitharaman also said that the central government has already appealed to the states to reduce VAT and now it is the turn of the people who have to question the party which they voted for.

Opposition parties have alleged that the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel by the Modi government was much less than that. The states claim that they had not increased VAT on petrol and diesel, so the question of reducing it does not arise. The states say that if the Center reduces the excise duty, then the fuel prices themselves will come down.

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