Vehicle owners can pay: Alphons

Vehicle Owners Can Afford To Pay For Fuel Says Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

'Car or bike owners can afford costlier fuel': Union minister KJ Alphons justifies price hike

"So, we are going to tax people who can afford to pay", he said.

This claim of Alphons seems like a stretch, as a Firstpost article shows the higher price is perhaps related more to changing worldwide crude oil rates and varying central and state taxes on petroleum products than to welfare schemes for the poor.

"Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a auto, bike; certainly he is not starving". Money being collected today is not being stolen by us.

News 18 also quoted the minister as saying, "There is nothing wrong in what I said". Somebody who has a auto, bike.

"We need funds for these purposes and you can be rest assured that the government is not robbing this money from you". This is not the same government.

The main focus of the government was the welfare of the poor and downtrodden. "Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay".

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"Prime Minister has a huge dream for the poor of India". What is that dream? It is very simple. Sixty-seven per cent of people in the country don't have toilets, lakhs of crores of rupees are required to make toilets for them and to construct houses for all. "This arrogance has put a screen on their eyes which do not let them see how people are spending out of their pocket which nearly kills them", Maken said.

The party accused the BJP government of "looting" the common people and profiting off their expenses.

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Ajay Maken said Kannanthanam's statement was indicative of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders' arrogance.

Meanwhile, the Congress plans to launch a massive nationwide agitation against the increase on central excise duty on petrol and diesel from Delhi on September 20.

He also said that the government was taking Rs 51.78 off every Rs 100 spent on diesel.

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