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It is an attack on masses, says Ambati

Staff Reporter

Decries increase in prices of diesel, LPG


YSR government had taken upon itself a part of the burden, he says

Yalamanchili Sivaji suggests that the government switch to a fixed norm of VAT


GUNTUR: YSR Congress party leader Ambati Rambabu strongly criticised the Central and State governments for imposing a fresh burden on the people by increasing the prices of cooking gas and diesel and described the move as an ‘attack on the masses'. People have voted the Congress to power both at the national and the state level but what it gave them in return was scandals and fiscal profligacy which pushed the economy to the brink of a disaster.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Rambabu said the governments were treating the people as if they were its enemies and their lives are becoming miserable by each passing day due to the irrational policies under implementation.

By taking crucial decisions in an arbitrary manner, the governments proved that they were least concerned with the plight of common people. The State government that was led by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had taken upon itself a part of the burden caused by a substantial increase in the price of LPG but the present government under the leadership of N. Kiran Kumar Reddy apparently lacked the courage to take such bold decisions, he said and demanded that the prices be either rolled back or an alternative worked out to lessen the burden.

He expressed regret that the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas dismissed the increase in prices of diesel and LPG as very modest knowing fully well that it would further stoke food inflation which is already hovering at an unprecedented level. The anti-people policies have broken the back of the poor and the middle classes and their woes are compounded by the rising prices.

Meanwhile, condemning the increase in prices of diesel and LPG, former MP Yalamanchili Sivaji suggested that the State government to switch to a fixed norm of VAT and other local taxes (per litre basis not as a percentage) so that the impact could be reduced to a large extent. The purchasing power parity of rupee should also be factored in increasing the prices of auto-fuels. In the first place, the price increase was undesirable as it would have a cascading effect on the economy especially the food articles.

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