Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party state president K. Atchannaidu on Friday flayed the Jaganmohan Reddy government for not giving relief to the people following the sharp rise in the fuel prices.
Atchannaidu deplored that the petrol price stood at Rs. 75 per liter during the days when Jagan Reddy came to power in 2019 and it reached Rs 100 within two years. "Fuel prices are increased each day," he said.
TDP leader said the CM has not made any effort to provide relief to the people when the petrol price was skyrocketing. "All other States were doing something or the other to rescue their people. Was it not a duty of Jagan Reddy to waive additional VAT in order to reduce fuel cost in AP? Such measures were necessary when the people were in trouble," he said.
Atchannaidu said the Kerala government reduced the burden on petrol price by over Rs. 6. In the past, the Chandrababu Naidu regime cut down VAT by Rs. 2 giving priority to the people's living conditions. At that time, in his capacity as the opposition leader, Jagan Reddy led protests on fuel prices. Immediately after coming to power, he hiked the fuel prices twice.
TDP leader said Jagan regime increased VAT on petrol from 32 percent to 35 percent. "Another Rs. 4 was being collected in the name of additional cess and also Re. 1 towards road cess additionally. The AP Chief Minister's mindset was clear that he was bent on filling the State treasury regardless of how suffering the people would be put to. As a result, AP has the highest fuel prices in entire south India," he said.
Atchannaidu asked whether the AP CM did not know that the fuel price hike would contribute to an unbearable financial burden on the common people. "It was shameful that Jagan Reddy was doing dirty politicking from his Tadepalli palace when the general public was facing untold misery in view of the Covid and financial crisis," he said.
The TDP leader said that it was a fact that the fuel prices were the highest when compared to all the neighboring states like Orissa, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. "The Chief Minister and his Ministers and his Advisors owed an explanation to the people on why fuel prices were comparatively higher in AP," he said.