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Bengaluru, Nov 5 : Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said opposition parties do not have the moral right to flay the BJP government on fuel prices when Congress-ruled states have refused to cut prices of petroleum and diesel.
“In the states ruled by the Congress and their friendly parties, they have refused to cut the prices of the fuel. This shows the anti-people’s attitude of the states ruled by Congress and their friendly parties. Therefore, they do not have the moral right to speak on fuel prices,” he told reporters here.
The chief minister was replying to the Congress leaders’ claim that the government reduced prices following defeat in Hanagal bypoll.
The Congress instead, Bommai said, should appreciate the step taken by the state government to reduce the VAT by Rs 7 at one go, which none of their chief ministers ever did during their rule in the past.
“Let them take out the record and see for themselves One who is criticising the government on fuel price. Have any of them who were chief ministers, ever reduced fuel prices by Rs 7? If they are genuinely concerned about people, they should appreciate the government for reducing VAT in a big way and therefore reducing people’s burden,” he said.
Bommai also said the Congress has been criticising the state government for the sake of criticism. “If the government would have reduced the prices before bypolls, the Congress leaders would have accused us of doing it to gain votes. So, it is the nature of those who criticise for the sake of criticism,” he said.
Asked about reducing LPG cylinder prices, Bommai said it is left to the decision of the central government.