New Delhi [India], Jan 21 (ANI): Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram while accusing the Union government of being "anti-consumer" said citizens are being "squeezed" due to the increasing petrol and diesel prices.
In a series of tweets, the senior Congress Party leader said petrol and diesel must be brought under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), as this would give the consumers a much-needed relief.
"Petrol and diesel prices have hit the roof. The government continues to squeeze the consumers; absolutely anti-consumer. The government has reaped a windfall through massive taxation of petrol and diesel, and the money was squandered on wasteful expenditure," he tweeted.
It was reported that in the national capital, the diesel price is at an all-time high, while petrol price is the highest since August 2014.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram while talking about the sale of the government's share in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC">ONGC) said the expenditure will neutralise the slash in borrowings that has been facilitated.
"The government cuts borrowings by Rs 30,000 crore, but ONGC">ONGC will borrow Rs 30,000 crore to pay for HPCL shares. It has the same effect. Analysts and the market will add Rs 30,000 crore to the fiscal deficit," he said.