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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday asked the Union government to further reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel, reported ANI.

“If the Centre reduces fuel prices, then it will be reduced in the states too,” Gehlot said. “We know that after elections are over in five states in 2022, fuel prices will start rising again.”

He said the Centre should promise that the fuel prices will not be increased in this way in future after the elections.

The Centre had slashed excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 and diesel by Rs 10 per litre. The new prices came to effect on November 4. Several states, most of them ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, had followed suit and further reduced their value added tax on fuel.

Rajasthan, however, did not announce any such cuts. Fuel is the costliest in Ganganagar town in Rajasthan due to freight charges and because of different value added tax levied by states.

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On Sunday, Gehlot said he will discuss about reducing the value added tax on petrol and diesel at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “We will decide whatever is possible,” he said.

The chief minister said it was the first time since Independence that the…

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