Further, the chamber said that while it is true that the government needs resources for building infrastructure and welfare schemes, over-dependence on petrol and diesel, both by the centre and the states would hamper the economic growth.
Accusing the BJP government of "looting" the common people and "profiteering" at their expense, Congress's senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said the party would continue its fight "until this draconian taxation regime is withdrawn". The opposition party has also demanded a white paper from the government on the taxes on fuels and the gains from them.
"The Congress will launch a nationwide agitation against this burdening of the common man with increased taxes and flooding the coffers of the government", he said.
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The Congress has demanded withdrawal of Central excise duties and other taxes on petrol and diesel. The agitation will begin by starting a signature campaign at petrol pumps from September 17 and launching a big protest on September 20 in the national Capital.
He said the party would fight this battle to reduce taxes on every available forum and challenged the BJP to come out with a white paper on taxes on fuels and the gains thereof.
Maken arrived at a petrol pump near Zakir Hussain College, in central Delhi, along with scores of party workers to collect signatures - the party proposes to collect signatures of 10 lakh people from the city.
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"We fight for the people, tooth and nail, until this draconian taxation regime is withdrawn", Maken said. Says with crude oil price falling in int'l market, rise in petrol, diesel rates a crude jokeTribune News ServiceLudhiana, September 16Members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) protested the inordinate increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, despite fall in crude oil prices in the global market.
"Looting people, profiteering at their expense and squeezing their hard earned money is the sole aim of the BJP government. If the exchequer got a windfall on drop in crude prices by additional taxes, the same must be reduced commensurately", said D.S. Rawat, the Secretary General - ASSOCHAM.
Lashing out at the central and Delhi governments, Maken said: "In the last three years, the Modi government increased the excise duty on petrol by 133 per cent and on diesel by 400 per cent while the Kejriwal government in Delhi increased Value-Added Tax from 20 to 27 per cent on petrol per litre while Value-Added Tax on diesel was increased from 12.5 per cent to 16.75 per cent".
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