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Car, bike owners can afford petrol, says Union minister

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"So we are going to tax people who can afford to pay. All money collected is not being stolen by Union ministers", he said adding it was the previous UPA regime that stole the money. Who buys petrol. somebody with vehicle, somebody with a bike. "Lot of people do not have a house", he said. "Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay". "We are imposing taxes to help the poor". We are here for the welfare of the lowest. Our government is here for the welfare of the downtrodden, ensure electricity in every village, make houses, build toilets, asserted Kannanthanam.

"Prime Minister has a huge dream for the poor of India".

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.

In the past few days, Petrol and diesel prices have hit an all time high in 3 years in some cities in the country.

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The bureaucrat-turned-politician's comment come at a time when fuel prices are at a three-year high though worldwide crude prices have crashed, attracting criticism from opposition parties which described them as insensitive to the common man's problems.

Meanwhile, the Congress is planning a nationwide agitation against the increase on central excise duty on petrol and diesel. The minister said the Centre would consider bringing petroleum and liquor under GST, if state governments agree to it.

Asked about price rise of essential commodities in the wake of fuel price hike, Alphons said inflation rate of four per cent in the country was less than half per cent prescribed by the RBI.

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