"In last four years, excise duty has increased by 211.7 percent on petrol and 443 per cent on diesel. In May 2014, excise duty on petrol was Rs 9.2, while now it is Rs 19.48. Similarly, on diesel excise duty was Rs 3.46 in May 2014, however, it is now Rs 15.33," he added.
The Congress leader also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the decline in the rupee value and said, "The value of rupee is below 72 now. Earlier, when rupee value used to cross 60, then Prime Minister Modi used to say that rupee is in ICU. What will he say now?"
Maken said that the Congress party's demand is to "bring petrol and diesel under GST.
Further demanding the government to bring petrol and diesel under Good and Services Tax (GST) ambit and said, "If this happens, then there will be a drop of Rs 15-18 in the prices of petrol and diesel. Not just that, there will be a decline in price of other things also."
Petrol and diesel prices have been witnessing a hike in several states across the country over the past few weeks. The Indian rupee
is also facing a decline in its value against the US dollar.
Earlier, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan blamed international factors for the hike in fuel price and said that one major reason for the rise in petrol and diesel prices is the depreciation of the Indian rupee
against the US dollar.