Kerala comes to a standstill on Bharat Bandh day

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A state-wide shutdown called by Kerala's ruling Left and the Congress-led opposition to protest rising fuel prices, was observed on Monday. A litre of petrol was being sold in New Delhi for Rs 80.87, in Kolkata for Rs 83.75, in Mumbai for Rs 88.26, and in Chennai for Rs 84.07, according to the largest fuel retailer, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

The central government collected Rs 2,88,442 crore from indirect taxes on crude oil and other oil products in FY18. Since May 2014, the excise duty on petrol has seen a skyrocketing increase of 211%, while the duty on diesel has seen an increase of 443%.

The Congress demanded that petrol and diesel should be brought under the ambit of goods and services tax (GST), by which oil prices could drop by about Rs 15 to Rs 18.

Offices were opened on time and official work was not affected at the Delhi Secretariat due to Bharat Bandh, an official said.

Many working families are leaving the national capital due to "illegal" sealing of non-polluting household industries, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken alleged at the party's "Halla Bol" rally at Trinagar on Sunday.

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Mumbai has the highest Value-Added Tax of 39.12 per cent on petrol, while Telangana levies the highest Value-Added Tax of 26 per cent on diesel.

As it stands, the sales tax the state has imposed on petrol is 30.37 per cent, and that on diesel is 23.81 per cent.

The state government also announced a holiday for schools and colleges in Bengaluru on Monday as a precautionary measure. However, as the bars in the infographic sought to depict the prices of petrol and diesel, it went wrong by using a smaller bar to denote a higher price.

According to one of the graphics, the petrol price on May 16, 2004, was Rs 33.71 while on May 16, 2009, it was Rs 40.62. The extra benefit accrued to states is Rs 3-4 per litre, he said. AICC Chhattisgarh in-charge and senior leader PL Punia, state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel joined the party workers in Raipur in appealing to businessmen to down their shutters.

Govt rules out excise duty cut as petrol, diesel A cut in taxes on petrol and diesel is ruled out for now as neither the central government nor some states have the appetite to stomach revenue loss from such a move, a top government official.

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