Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the state governments have still not given their consent to bring petrol and diesel under GST, but Union minister of petroleum, Dharmendra Pradhan, is holding discussions with the oil companies to chalk out alternative ways to bring down fuel prices.
Sitharaman, who was in Ludhiana on Friday to interact with mediapersons on completion of four years of Modi government was all praises for the government. She said, the Centre alone cannot be blamed for the fuel price rise as the state governments have not given their consent to bring petrol and diesel under GST in the meeting of GST council as they, on an average, earn Rs 7-9 crores per day from the fuel sale under the present taxation structure.
“Neither BJP, nor any of our leaders is running away from this issue and we are answering such questions on every platform,” she added. Showering praises on her government, Sitharaman said, “People have shown full faith on our government and every citizen is supporting the policies of BJP and Modi government. The results of bypoll cannot be connected with the people’s mood for 2019. Read More
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