Alphons stokes row over high oil prices

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"Arrogance of BJP has crossed all proportions when Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons said if you have a scooter, motorcycle or a small vehicle, then you can afford to pay the high prices of petrol and diesel", he added. Congress senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said the party would continue its fight until this draconian taxation regime is withdrawn. The way he is ridiculing common man, he doesn't know the hardship common person facing every day. "Lot of people do not have a house", he said.

The minister added that the government's major concern is to achieve welfare of neglected classes of people in rural areas who need electricity, houses, and toilets.

Deploring the statement of KJ Alphons, Congress leader and former petroleum minister Veerappa Moily said that his statement showed that the bureaucrats, who come to politics, have no understanding of people's problems.

This was his first visit there after being sworn in as Union Minister and to make amends, the entire state leadership and top leaders were present to receive him and payasam (kheer) was served to all. "Who buys petrol. somebody with a auto, somebody with a bike". This hike in fuel prices is not justifiable.

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Fuel prices affect the prices of various other commodities in the market. "Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", Kannanthanam told the media on Saturday. "So, we are going to tax people who can afford to pay", he said. "We are imposing taxes to help the poor. All this money that is being collected is not being stolen by the Centre".

"See the plight of common man and immediate measure to control the exorbitant rise of petrol-diesel price", a Youth Congress statement said.

Diesel price has increased by Rs 3.67 a litre and now costs Rs 57.03 a litre in Delhi, the highest in four months, according to data from state-owned oil companies.

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