Today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a fresh jibe at the Centre over its tax collection policy on petrol and diesel. Criticizing the Centre Gandhi asked whether ‘it is a government or a greedy moneylender from old Hindi films’.

Using the #TaxExtortion, Gandhi tweeted that on one hand the Government is provoking people to take loans, on the other hand, they are earning indiscriminately from tax collections. In addition to the tweet, he tagged a media report which claimed that the excise duty on petrol was hiked from Rs 19.98 per litre to Rs 32.9 last year to recoup gain arising from international oil prices plunging to a multi-year low as pandemic gulped demand.

The report also alleged that the excise duty on diesel was raised to Rs 31.8 from Rs 15.83 a litre. The surge in excise duty led to excise collections on petrol and diesel jumping to Rs 3.35 lakh crore in 2020-21 (April 2020 to March 2021), from Rs 1.78 lakh crore a year back.

The comment by Rahul Gandhi comes a day after the Lok Sabha was informed that the Union government’s tax collections on petrol and diesel jumped by 88 percent to Rs 3.35 lakh crore in the last fiscal.

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