Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of forcing fuel pump owners to go on strike despite oil prices being lowest in the national capital among the four metros. He also demanded that the petrol and diesel must be included in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. “The BJP has threatened the petrol pump owners that those who will not take part in the strike today will have to face income tax raids. The oil companies have also threatened the pumps for action. BJP should stop troubling Delhi people. This is hooliganism,” he tweeted. “We demand that petrol and diesel should be included in the GST. Why has the Central government not brought petrol and diesel under GST?” he added.
“Oil prices lowest in Delhi amongst the four metros. Why aren’t petrol pumps in Mumbai, which has the highest prices, on strike? Because Mumbai is BJP government and BJP is behind today’s strike in Delhi. BJP must apologise to the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said in another tweet. In protest against Delhi government’s refusal to reduce VAT on fuels, in the national capital, all 400-odd petrol pumps along with linked CNG dispensing units will remain shut on Monday, said the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) in a statement.