Union Minister Alphons courts controversy over fuel prices remark

Union Minister Alphons courts controversy over fuel prices remark”

The newly inducted minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, Alphons Kannanthanam has made a hugely controversial remarks justifying the hike in petrol and diesel prices while mocking India's middle class population. "In order to generate the revenue, the government has hiked the price of petrol and diesel", he said. "So, we are going to tax people who can afford to pay", he said.

"Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a auto or bike. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", as per ANI.

News 18 also quoted the minister as saying, "There is nothing wrong in what I said".

"So we are going to tax people who can afford to pay".

'We are imposing the taxes so that the poor have a dignified life. Petrol price in Delhi on Tuesday was at Rs. 70.38 per litre, whereas in Mumbai a litre of petrol costs Rs. 79.48. Petrol is now priced at the highest rate in three years with the rates being revised daily.

On the other hand, Congress on Friday announced that the party would start a nationwide agitation against the "draconian" increase in central excise duty on fuel. Incidentally, Alphons contradicted himself while making this statement as only days earlier, he had said, "The BJP does not mandate that beef can not be eaten".

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. Modi government gives priority to improve their living conditions. He is a former bureaucrat and belongs to Kerala.

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