Bike, auto owners can afford costly fuel: Alphons Kannanthanam

Bike, auto owners can afford costly fuel: Alphons Kannanthanam

Congress leader and former petroleum minister Veerappa Moily called it an atrocious statement. This time over a steep rise in petrol prices. We are going to tax people who can afford to pay. Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a auto or bike is certainly not starving. "Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", Kannanthanam told the media on Saturday.

In his speech in Thiruvananthapuram, Alphons said the Modi government was committed to ensuring the welfare of the downtrodden by building houses for the homeless, providing electricity in all villages and building toilets in all houses.

This claim of Alphons seems like a stretch, as a Firstpost article shows the higher price is perhaps related more to changing global crude oil rates and varying central and state taxes on petroleum products than to welfare schemes for the poor. "It is going to cost enormous amount of money", he said.

He said that with Kannanthanam's confession that the price hike of fuel was "deliberate", the dealing between the Central Government and corporates has become evident. Petrol is now priced at the highest rate in three years with the rates being revised daily.


Petrol prices in Mumbai rose to its highest since August 2014 to Rs 79.48 per litre and Rs 70.3 per litre in Delhi.

On 8 September, when asked if restrictions on beef consumption would impact tourism, he advised tourists to eat beef in their countries and then come to India. He was speaking at a convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators in Bhubaneswar.

He maintained that the Modi government had chose to hike petrol prices to improve the life of the downtrodden.

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