Vehicle owners can pay: Alphons

Vehicle owners can pay: Alphons

Former petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily called Alphons' remarks atrocious and insensitive. This time over a steep rise in petrol prices. "Even a school kid would know that the prices of other commodities would also go up when you hike fuel price, and this would adversely affect every common man", he said. "Certainly he is not starving; somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay", Alphons Kannanthanam said while giving justification on fuel price hike.

Alphons said, "Who buys petrol?"

The minister of state for tourism said the government was imposing taxes for the betterment of the poor of the country. "Uplifting them is going to cost a lot of money and we are going to tax people who can afford to pay", he added.

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When asked about why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had opposed the fuel price hike when the Congress was in power, Alphons said the government was using the money for the sake of the downtrodden, unlike the previous regime. For diesel, the basic cost per litre is around Rs 30, while its current retail price per litre in Rs 58. 39. Petrol is now priced at the highest rate in three years with the rates being revised daily.

Petrol prices in Mumbai rose to its highest since August 2014 to Rs 79.48 per litre and Rs 70.3 per litre in Delhi. Incidentally, Alphons contradicted himself while making this statement as only days earlier, he had said, "The BJP does not mandate that beef can not be eaten". Recently, he advised foreign tourists to eat beef in their countries before coming to India. He was speaking at a convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators in Bhubaneswar. He also added that numerous ministers in Modi's government are like this.

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