Why petrol costliest in Punjab; Amarinder asks state govt

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh questioned the ruling SAD-BJP government as to why the cost of petrol was the highest in the state in comparison to rest of the country.

Last Updated: May 22, 2011, 19:20 PM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder
Singh on Sunday questioned the ruling SAD-BJP government as to why
the cost of petrol was the highest in the state in comparison
to rest of the country.

He demanded reduction of VAT on petrol so that prices
could come down or be at par with other neighbouring states.

Singh, in a statement here, said the SAD-BJP government
had imposed a total of 32.75 per cent taxes on petrol which
was "highest in the country".
"You (the state government) are robbing the common man to
show improved financial statistics," he alleged.

Haryana has 20.5 per cent, Himachal Pradesh 24 per cent
and Chandigarh 22 per cent taxes only, he said.

The former chief minister said instead of blaming the
Centre for increase in petrol prices, the state government
should reduce the taxes and provide relief to people.
"During my tenure I had ensured that no extra taxes were
imposed on petrol so that the consumers do not get
overburdened," Singh said in the statement.

PTI