All the 400 petrol pumps along with CNG dispensing units in Delhi will remain shut Monday in protest against the Aam Aadmi Party’s refusal to reduce VAT on fuel, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) said. The petrol pumps in Delhi will remain closed from 6 am on Monday till 5 am on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged it was a “BJP sponsored strike”.
DPDA president Nischal Singhania said that since Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have reduced VAT on petrol and diesel, customers were deserting fuel pumps in Delhi leading to a huge drop in sales.
“The Centre had slashed the rate of petrol and diesel by Rs 2.50 per litre each on September 4. This was followed by a reduction of VAT by various states, including neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. But, the Delhi government refused to reduce VAT, resulting in fuel becoming more expensive than bordering Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,” PTI quoted Singhania as saying.
Due to the difference in prices, there has been a sharp drop of 50-60 per cent in the sale of diesel in Delhi and 25 per cent in petrol in this quarter, the DPDA president said. He said that on Monday all the 400 pumps in Delhi will neither purchase nor sell petrol, diesel and CNG.
Urging the Arvind Kejriwal-led government to immediately reduce VAT on petrol and diesel, Singhania said it was also leading to loss of revenue. “DPDA urges the Delhi government to immediately reduce VAT on petrol and diesel and encourage commuters to buy euro VI fuel and save the livelihood of employees and owners of petrol pumps of Delhi and also save state’s revenue loss,” the statement said.
Kejriwal said the strike was thrust upon petrol pump owners by BJP. “Petrol pump owners have told us privately that this is a BJP-sponsored strike, actively supported by oil cos. In fact, BJP has thrust it upon petrol pump owners. People will give BJP a befitting reply in elections for continuously inconveniencing people through their dirty politics,” the AAP chief tweeted.
Petrol pump owners hv told us privately that this is a BJP sponsored strike, actively supported by oil cos. In fact, BJP has thrust it upon petrol pump owners. People will give BJP a befitting reply in elections for continuously inconveniencing people thro their dirty politics. https://t.co/S8pLZNbIOw
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 21, 2018
The development comes even as petrol and diesel prices were cut for the fourth straight day on Sunday on softening international oil prices, providing some relief to consumers battered by two months of relentless rate hikes.