Baba Ramdev, yesterday claimed he could sell petrol and diesel at Rs 35-40 per litre if the government allows him.
Speaking at youth conclave yesterday, the yoga guru said: “If the government lets me, and gives some relief in tax, I can give petrol, diesel to India at Rs 35-40 per litre.”
He also stressed on the point that fuel needs to be brought under GST, adding that it should not fall under the 28 per cent bracket.
As of Tuesday, a litre of petrol in the national capital is retailing at Rs 82.16 while the price of diesel has touched a fresh high of Rs 73.87 per litre.
In Mumbai, a litre of petrol is currently trading at almost Rs 90 while diesel price is close to Rs 79/litre.
It may be noted that the rise in fuel prices from August 16 is a result of external factors including a falling rupee and rising global crude oil prices.
In view of the global scenario, Ramdev’s claim seems to be more like an indication that the government wants to reduce the prices if it wants.
He also warned the government that a further rally in prices of diesel and petrol could prove costly later.
Commenting on the rising fuel prices, the yoga guru said many policies of the Modi government have been lauded earlier but there needs to be some correction now.
“Price rise is big issue and Modi ji will have to take corrective measures soon, failing which ‘mehngai ki aag to Modi Sarkar ko bahut mehngi padegi (the fire of rising prices will prove costly for the Modi government),” he said.
While Baba Ramdev has been known to be close to the BJP, it seems that he has distanced himself from political affiliations with a steep rise in prices of essential commodities.
When asked if he would campaign for the BJP for the upcoming 2019 General Elections, he replied in the negative.
“Why would I?” questioned Ramdev, adding that he will not be campaigning as he has “withdrawn politically”. “I am with all the parties and I am independent,” he added.
Ramdev went on to say that he is centrist, not a leftist or rightist. Ramdev further explained that it is the “fundamental right” of every citizen of India to question PM Modi over important issues.>