On the one hand, the opposition parties are demanding from the ruling BJP at the center to reduce the tax on oil. In Tamil Nadu , BJP state president K Annamalai had protested demanding the state government to reduce oil prices .
Now Tamil Nadu Police has registered a case against Annamalai and 5,000 others for marching towards the state secretariat without permission.
Annamalai’s appeal to the government to fulfill the election promise
Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai has demanded reduction of petrol price by Rs 5 and diesel by Rs 4 per liter, appealing the state’s DMK government to fulfill its poll promise.
He had demanded from Chief Minister MK Stalin ‘s government to make cooking gas cheaper.
He threatened that he would start a hunger strike if the state government did not fulfill its promise.
On Tuesday, Annamalai along with his supporters marched towards the secretariat, but was stopped by the police by putting up barricades. Today a case has been registered against him for taking out a march without permission.
On the 21st of last month, the Central Government had reduced the Central Excise Duty on the prices of petrol and diesel, giving some relief to the people suffering from inflation . With this reduction, petrol became cheaper by Rs 9.5 and diesel by Rs 7 per liter in the country.
On this occasion, the central government had also appealed to the states to give more relief to the people by reducing the tax, after which three states reduced the prices.
These states reduced the prices on the appeal of the Center
After the announcement of the Center, the Maharashtra government had reduced VAT on petrol by Rs 2.08 and on diesel by Rs 1.44 per liter.
Similarly, the Kerala government reduced VAT on petrol by Rs 2.41 and on diesel by Rs 1.36.
Congress-ruled Rajasthan had also reduced VAT on petrol by Rs 2.48 per liter and on diesel by Rs 1.16 per liter, giving relief to the people.
Apart from these three, the rest of the states had not reduced VAT.
Tamil Nadu has not reduced the price
Responding to the Centre’s appeal, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Palanivel had said the Centre’s cut is partial and asking states to cut tax is unfair.
He had said that the Center had not sought advice from the states while raising oil prices and his state was already facing economic losses due to the reduction in prices by the Centre. In such a situation, the state government will not reduce the prices further.