All 400 petrol pumps in the national capital will remain shut today as a protest against Delhi government’s refusal to lower the Value Added Tax (VAT) on fuel prices.

CNG pumps will also be closed along with petrol pumps, in a wake to protest against the Arvind Kejriwal led ?AAP government.

The protest is called by the Delhi Petrol Dealer’s Association. According to the association, commuters have been flocking to NCR which falls under the state of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana where petrol is sold at a lesser cost.

The protest is to be observed for 23 hours starting from October 22 at 6:00 am to October 23 at 6:00 am.

“The price reduction in UP and Haryana has led to a decline in the sale of petrol by 20% and diesel by 30% in Delhi till October 15. It is expected to further decline in the coming days,” Nischal Singhania, president of the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association, told NDTV.

However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to hit at the central government. To counter the protesters the Delhi CM tweeted, “Petrol pump owners have told us privately that this is a BJP sponsored strike, actively supported by oil cos. In fact, BJP has thrust it upon petrol pump owners. People will give BJP a befitting reply in elections for continuously inconveniencing people through their dirty politics.” 

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