KCR Slams Modi: Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that his state has not hiked fuel prices since 2014 when TRS assumed power and the Union government has no right to ask the state to reduce the taxes. In his concluding remark at the TRS 21st Formation Day celebrations here, the CM described the video conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Covid-19 situation as “drama conference”.
“The PM held a video conference with CMs on the corona situation… In that conference, he (Modi) talks about reducing taxes on fuel. Can the PM talk like this?” KCR said. “Had Modi been concerned about the public, his government would not have hiked petrol and diesel rates and even the cess,” he questioned.
“After Telangana state was formed, we have never raised petrol and diesel prices. It has been raised by the BJP government at the Centre. We have not raised taxes, why should we reduce it?” he said. “This is undesirable, unwanted and uncalled for,” he said adding that the Union government is not ashamed of asking the states to reduce taxes on fuel when it itself had hiked it.
Had Modi been concerned about the public, his government would not have hiked petrol and diesel rates and even the cess, he asked. He said the people were being polarised to divert attention from real issues and the hate was being spread to take political mileage.
KCR slammed Modi for asking states to slash taxes on fuel when it is his government which increased the taxes. “One should at least have some shame. How can you ask states to reduce. Is this how a Prime Minister should speak,” he asked.