Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday attacked the central government over the latest excise duty reduction on petrol and diesel prices. The CM said that the move is 'just a lollipop'.
"If the NDA govt decreases excise duty from Rs 30 to Rs 9 like the UPA govt did, petrol-diesel costs will definitely go down," Baghel said, adding that "increasing the petrol cost by Rs 30, then downing it by Rs 5 is just a lollipop"
The Union government had on Wednesday cut excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 10 a litre to give reprieve to consumers battered by record-high retail fuel prices. This announcement was matched by 22 states and Union Territories cutting VAT rates in different proportions.