He said this in a reply to a question asked in the legislative assembly on Thursday, even as soaring fuel prices are pinching consumers across the country and there has been a demand for the Union government to cut central taxes while some states such as Nagaland, Meghalaya as well as poll-bound West Bengal and Assam have taken the lead to reduce state-imposed taxes levied on the fuels. The Congress and Samajwadi Party also staged a walkout from the assembly over what has become a political issue for the BJP government at the Centre as well as in UP.
The CM also said that diesel is cheaper in UP than in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Punjab and Uttarakhand. Similarly, he said, petrol is cheaper in UP than in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab, Odisha, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh.
As for LPG, he said the government that after the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST), the right to change levies on LPG and other essential items rests with the GST Council and not states.
Fuel prices have seen a surge since January. On Wednesday, the price of petrol in Lucknow was Rs 89.19, as against Rs 97.34 in Mumbai and Rs 90.93 in New Delhi, while diesel stood at Rs 81.78, as against Rs 88.44 in Mumbai and Rs 81.32 in New Delhi.