TDP plans protests over rising fuel prices across Andhra on November 9

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Telugu Desam Party, the main opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, will hold dharnas at all petrol bunks in the state on November 9 demanding that the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reduce the Value Added Tax on petrol and diesel in the state.

“The party cadres will take part in a one-hour dharna at all petrol bunks in the state from 12 noon to 1 pm on November 9, demanding that the state government cut the fuel prices in the state. The chief minister should fulfil his pre-election promise to make petrol and diesel prices in the state lowest in the country,” TDP president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu told reporters on Friday.

At present, the Andhra Pradesh government has been collecting a VAT of 31 per cent and 22.25 per cent on petrol and diesel respectively, besides fixed charges of 3.07 on petrol and 2.76 on diesel.

The TDP chief said the Central government had reduced fuel prices by 5 on petrol and 10 on diesel. Later, many other states positively responded by cutting rates from their share to offer relief to the people. “But the Jagan government is not at all responding,” he said.

Naidu recalled that during the last assembly elections, Jagan had promised to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel and make them the lowest in the country. “He had misled the people during the pre-election meetings saying that the people were crossing the border to buy cheaper petrol in Karnataka. Now, there is clear proof to show that the fuel in AP is costlier by 10.42 on petrol and 12 on diesel per litre, when compared with Bengaluru,” he pointed out.

Comparing the fuel rates in AP with other major cities, he said the price was higher by 16.75 per litre on petrol and 16.10 in Andhra when compared with Chandigarh, and by 15.70 on petrol and 10.20 on diesel when compared with Lucknow.

“Jagan now owes an explanation to the public why the fuel rates are still the highest in the country,” he said and demanded that the government should now cut the fuel rates by 16 to 17 per litre on both petrol and diesel to make the prices in the state the lowest in the country.

The TDP chief said his party would also highlight the problems faced by the people due to bad roads and lack of road safety. “The road conditions in the state are so bad that it takes five to six hours to cover a certain distance, which could be normally covered in an hour,” he said.

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