Fuel price taxes: MLAs stage walkout from Punjab Vidhan Sabha
Fuel price taxes: MLAs stage walkout from Punjab Vidhan Sabha

From the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, members of Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday, at the end of zero-hour,  staged a walkout from the ongoing budget session in Punjab Vidhan Sabha  raising slogans against the ruling party to reduce the Value-Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel in the state.

The S Akali Dal leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said that the state government should reduce the 27 per cent tax imposed on petrol and diesel and not pass on the entire blame to the central government.

"We are ready to support them (the Punjab government) in their protest against the central government in Delhi on the hike in prices but before starting the protest in Delhi, we demand that the state government should reduce the tax they have imposed on petrol and diesel.

 Punjab state government has imposed 27.26 per cent tax on petrol and diesel without any reason and we demand them to reduce it," Dhillon said. The rates of petrol and diesel differ from state to state depending on the VAT, a type of indirect tax levied on a product whenever a value is added at each stage of the supply chain, from production to the point of sale.

Dhillon further said that the people of Punjab will act against the state government if the VAT is not reduced until Jakhar, another Shiromani Akali Dalleader Bikram Singh Majithia, said that Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar is trying to fool the common man.

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