Andhra Pradesh government decided to give relief to the citizens by reducing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel and petrol in the State. Since the public was suffering due to steep raise of petrol and staging protests across the State on Monday, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to reduce the VAT on it. The CM on Monday announced a reduction in the VAT on the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre. Naidu, the chief of TDP that was part of the ruling NDA till recently, made the announcement in the state assembly after holding a high-level meeting in the wake of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by the Congress and other opposition parties in the country. The TDP also took part in the agitations across the state.
Naidu accused the NDA government at the Centre of misleading the people by attributing the steep hike in the prices of petrol and diesel to growing crude oil prices globally. The chief minister said his government took a decision to give partial relief to the people by reducing VAT keeping in view their sufferings and their anger, which was reflected in the form of the Bharat Bandh. “This will cause an additional burden on state exchequer to the tune of Rs 1,120 crore annually,” he said. The TDP had earlier this year ended its four-year-long alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, complaining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not keep his promise to give Andhra Pradesh a special status that could have given the state access to higher central funding.