Shillong, June 6: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Vilas Paswan today said the state governments should reduce taxes on petrol to reduce the burden on consumers.
“The actual price of petrol could be around Rs 40 per litre, but if we include the taxes imposed by the central and state governments, the cost increases by another Rs 37.
Hence, it is not correct to blame only the Centre for the petrol price rise. Even states should withdraw the taxes,” Paswan told reporters here.
At the same time, he said the Centre was in need of the revenue to undertake various welfare programmes in the country.
The LJP leader was part of the team of MPs who are members of the parliamentary standing committee on personnel public grievances, law and justice. Stating that politics should not come into play as far as issues relating to “corruption” are concerned, Paswan lashed out at the anti-corruption movement launced by Anna Hazare.
“They are only doing politics, and they do not want to remove corruption from the country,” he added.
Moreover, he said, while most of the states in the Northeast are considered to be “poor”, the amount of money being spent by candidates is stupendous.
“Most of the states of the Northeast are poor, but once elections are held, how many crores of rupees is being spent by candidates,” Paswan asked.
The LJP leader, whose party is an ally in the UPA coalition, said the party would vote for a candidate decided by the Congress.
“I have had lengthy discussions with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and we have decided to vote for a candidate to be nominated by the Congress,” Paswan said.
On the candidature of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma, he refused to provide any direct reply, but only said, “All are our friends, but we will vote with the UPA.”
He also said the names of Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, vice- president Hamid Ansari, and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar have been floated.
Recently, even the name of former Maharashtra governor S.C. Jamir had been doing the rounds as a probable candidate in the race to Raisina Hill to replace incumbent President Pratibha Patil whose five-year term ends in July.