'Economically anti-national' to fleece Indians by raising petrol, diesel prices: Cong

New Delhi, May 6 (PTI) The Congress on Wednesday said it is 'economically anti-national' to fleece Indians of Rs 1.4 lakh crore by raising taxes on petrol and diesel, and urged the Centre to share 75 per cent of this revenue with states so that people are not burdened.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said when the entire country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and its poor, including migrants, shopkeepers and small businessmen, were virtually penniless, the government of India was 'fleecing' 130 crore Indians by insurmountably raising prices of petrol and diesel.

'To fleece people of India in this fashion is economically anti-national,' he told reporters at a press conference through video conferencing.

Surjewala alleged that the manner in which 'illegally and forcibly' this recovery is being made is 'inhumane, cruel and insensitive'.

'The government should transfer 75 per cent of this money so collected through raise in taxes to states. This will ensure there is no further burden on people of India, by way of more taxes on petroleum products by states,' he said.

He said the issue was discussed at a meeting of the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states with party president Sonia Gandhi, where everyone besides former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed deep concerns. PTI SKC KJ