West Bengal: BJP to hit streets demanding VAT cut on fuel

News Desk: The Bharatiya Janata Party, on Sunday, announced it will hit the streets for five days from November 8 in West Bengal to press for the demand that the TMC government slash Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.

Without revealing the route of the rally, BJP state unit vice-president Raju Banerjee said “We will take out a rally from our headquarters at around 1 pm. Our state president Sukanta Majumder, Leader of the Opposition, Suvendu Adhikari, national vice-president Dilip Ghosh and other senior leaders will participate in the rally which will be held following Covid-19 protocols. If the police try to stop us, we will act accordingly”

“As the issue is “very urgent”, we cannot wait till the end of Chhat puja and Jagaddhatri puja for commencement of the movement” he added.

Slamming chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her silence, he said “Didi was vocal about fuel price rise. Why she is slient now after center reduced excise duty on the eve of Diwali?”

“If she is so pro-poor, why can’t our chief minister emulate states like Assam and Uttar Pradesh, and cut VAT and other surcharges on the two products to provide relief to people. She will not do it as the money accrued from such taxes are spent in organising fairs and giving donation to clubs” he added.