For the first time in the country, the prices of diesel surpassed that of petrol in the state of Odisha. On Sunday, diesel was sold at a higher price than petrol across the state.
While petrol was sold at Rs.80.65 per litre, diesel was sold at Rs.80.78 per litre. Till date diesel was sold at a cheaper rate as compared to petrol as the tax levied on petrol prices were more than that on diesel.
Utkal Petroleum Dealers’ association general secretary Sanjay Lath said, while other states have different VAT rates for petrol and diesel, Odisha charges a uniform VAT of 26% on both petrol and diesel.
Furthermore, this condition has raised an alarming situation in the state with blame game on between Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janata Dal(BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP). The State finance minister Shashi Bhusan Behera said either the Centre does not have any control over oil companies or there was a nexus between them that gave rise to a situation like this. As a counter to Behera’s statement, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said such a situation had risen because of the state’s very high taxes.