The SAD on Monday asked PPCC president Sunil Jakhar to stop “sham” protests on lowering taxes on petrol and diesel.
Former minister Bikram Singh Majithia asked him to put a pressure on the Congress government in the state to slash VAT on petroleum products for giving relief of approximately Rs 20 per litre to the common man.
Referring to Jakhar, Majithia said, “You want the Centre to reduce excise on petrol and diesel which it is already examining. Why are you refusing to put pressure on your own government to reduce state tax on both these products which is the highest in north India? It is the third highest in the country.”
Majithia alleged that the Congress government’s decision to delay paddy transplantation to June 20 without consulting farmers was draconian. Asking the Congress government to be practical, he said paddy transplantation had started in large parts of Malwa since June 10 as per the old guidelines. He said now the government should ensure an uninterrupted eight-hour power supply to the farm sector.