As 400-odd petrol pumps and CNG dispensing units in the national capital remained shut on Monday in protest against the Delhi government's refusal to reduce VAT on fuels, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused BJP of "threatening" petrol pump owners to go on strike against the AAP dispensation.
Kejriwal alleged that a petrol pump owner told him "privately" that the strike was "BJP-sponsored".
Arvind Kejriwal accuses the BJP on Twitter
भाजपा ने पेट्रोल वालों को धमकी दी है कि जो आज हड़ताल नहीं करेगा, उस पर इंकम टैक्स की रेड कराई जाएगी
तेल कंपनियों ने भी धमकी दी है कि जो पेट्रोल पम्प हड़ताल नहीं करेगा, उसके ख़िलाफ़ सख़्त ऐक्शन होगा
भाजपा वाले दिल्ली वालों को तंग करना बंद करें। ये दिन दहाड़े गुंडागर्दी बंद करें
Kejriwal also compared the petrol prices in metro cities
Oil prices lowest in Delhi amongst the four metros. Why aren’t petrol pumps in Mumbai, which has highest prices, on strike? Becoz Mumbai is BJP govt and BJP is behind today’s strike in Delhi. BJP MUST apologize to the people of Delhi pic.twitter.com/v5BUI0cfRG
A call of the strike was given by the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) to all the 400 petrol-pumps along with linked CNG dispensing units in the national capital in protest against the AAP government's refusal to reduce VAT on fuels.
The Chief Minister also reiterated his government's demand to bring petrol and diesel within the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Petrol prices increased because of 'tax' levied by Modi-government: Kejriwal
The Chief Minister of Delhi also claimed that the prices of petrol and diesel rose because of "arbitrary taxes" levied by the Modi government at the Center, which should be reduced to provide relief to the people.
The petrol and diesel prices in Mumbai, Delhi
"Arbitrary taxes were imposed on petrol in the past four years by Modi Ji and not us. Modi Ji should reduce taxes to give respite to the people," Kejriwal said in another tweet.
In Delhi, petrol now costs Rs. 81.74 a liter and diesel at Rs. 75.19 per liter. In Mumbai, petrol is sold for Rs. 87.21 per liter and diesel at Rs. 78.82.
Kejriwal asked Narendra Modi to reduce 'arbitrary taxes'
पिछले चार सालों में पेट्रोल पर अनाप शनाप टैक्स मोदी जी ने लगाया है, हमने नहीं लगाया। मोदी जी टैक्स कम करें और जनता को राहत दें। हम माँग करते हैं की पेट्रोल डीज़ल को GST के दायरे में लाया जाए। केंद्र सरकार पेट्रोल डीज़ल को GST में क्यों नहीं ला रही?