Vehicle owners can pay more for fuel: Alphons

Vehicle owners can pay more for fuel: Alphons

Justifying the hike in petrol and diesel prices, Alphons pointed out that the money collected by taxing people is being used for the welfare of the downtrodden and the poor.

Despite the worldwide crude oil prices coming down by 50 percent in the last three years, the petrol and diesel prices are at a high in India. "Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a vehicle, bike and certainly he is not starving".

Maintaining that the Narendra Modi government had made a decision to hike petrol prices to improve the lives of the downtrodden, he said that to provide food, house, toilet, education and employment to the poor, the government is sourcing revenue from petrol prices. "Somebody who can afford to pay has to pay", said Kannanthanam. "Certainly he is not starving; somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", Alphons Kannanthanam said while giving justification on fuel price hike.

The party accused the BJP government of "looting" the common people and profiting off their expenses. It is very simple. "Numerous ministers in Modi's government are like this". 30 per cent of Indians go to bed without a full meal a day. Lot of our people do not have access to toilet. The government is still fleecing people when crude prices have come down, he said.

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After a controversial statement on beef, Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Saturday once again came up with insensitive remarks.

During the UPA regime, he added, benefit of low crude prices was always passed on to consumers.

The petrol and diesel prices have gone through the roof ever since the central government announced daily revision of fuel prices.

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