Congress chief in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, on Saturday claimed that the Centre has earned Rs 4.91 lakh crore income as petrol and diesel costs have been hiked 69 instances since January 1 this yr. Chowdhury, additionally the West Bengal Congress chief, urged the TMC authorities within the state to observe the footsteps of the Chhattisgarh administration and dispose of Worth Added Taxes (VAT) to scale back gas costs.

“Unmindful of the sufferings of the people, the Narendra Modi government in Delhi has effected 69 hikes in petrol and diesel prices since January 1 and earned Rs 4.91 lakh crore revenue. “The BJP authorities will not be displaying any concern for the plight of the frequent man. We urge the Centre to roll again gas worth hike, as petrol breached the Rs 100-per-litre mark, diesel neared century and LPG charge touched Rs 850 per cylinder,” the senior Congress chief advised reporters.

Chowdhury also claimed that the BJP-led government at the Centre has earned a total of Rs 25 lakh crore through repeated fuel price hikes since coming to power in 2014. He said that the petrol price dipped by Rs 12 per litre after the Congress government in Chhattisgarh did away with VAT, and urged other state administrations, including that of West Bengal, to follow its lead.

“We all know that the TMC authorities in West Bengal must forego a income of Rs 1,300-Rs 1,400 crore yielded from VAT, however a celebration that has come to energy with such an enormous mandate should not be discovered wanting in endeavor pro-people steps,” Chowdhury said. Responding to a query, he said that the main opposition party is given the post of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) both in the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha.

“I’ve been the PAC chairman thrice. My identify was really useful by our chief Sonia Gandhi. Nevertheless, the speaker takes the ultimate determination. Appointing the PAC chairman is his/her discretion,” he said. However, Chowdhury did not directly comment on the controversy over the appointment of TMC leader Mukul Roy, who recently crossed over from the BJP, as the PAC chairman of West Bengal assembly by the speaker on Friday, which had sparked a walkout by saffron party members who are demanding his disqualification under the anti-defection law.

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