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Rising Fuel Prices Not Affecting Me As I Am A Minister, Says Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

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| September 16 , 2018 , 11:55 IST

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale in the Prime Minister Modi-led government confessed on Saturday that rising petrol and diesel prices not bothering him as he is a minister.

Athawale said, “I'm not suffering from rising fuel prices as I am a minister. I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post.”

However, the minister had acknowledged a continuous rise in fuel prices across the country is affecting common people.

“It's understandable that people are suffering from rising fuel prices and it's the duty of the govt to reduce them,” Athawale said.

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while suggesting a cut in tax can reduce petrol and diesel price, he urged the government to take necessary steps in terms of reducing the fuel prices.

Responding to Athawale remarks, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said, “I am a minister, I get fuel for free”. Actually, Minister Sahib your fuel@is not free, it’s being paid for by the taxes of hard-working people. Not only are they paying for your “free fuel”, they have to pay for their own as well. But then you don’t pay taxes either!! 

Athawale heads Republican Party of India which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

On Sunday, petrol and diesel prices across the metropolitan cities touched another record high at Rs 81.91/litre, increased by Rs 0.28/litre for petrol and at Rs 73.72/litre, increased by Rs 0.18/litre for diesel in Delhi and at Rs 89.29/litre, increased by Rs 0.28/litre for petrol and at Rs 78.26/litre, increased by Rs 0.19/litre for diesel in Mumbai.