As the nation battles the fury of rising petrol and diesel prices, the Yoga Guru-turned entrepreneur Ram Dev said “If the government lets me, and gives some relief in tax, I can give petrol diesel to India at Rs 35-45 per litre.”
He also called for bringing petrol and diesel under the lowest slab of the uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST), and not the 28 per cent rate, as people’s “pockets are being emptied”.
Petrol and diesel prices have gone up by several rupees in past few weeks this month, blaming the global crude oil prices to be the reason. But what has irked many is the government’s refusal for a knee-jerk reaction to tame rising prices.
In the run-up to elections 2019, the fuel price hike has also become a political issue.
While speaking during the “NDTV Yuva” conclave on Sunday, Ramdev said, “The rising prices of things can cost the Modi government very dearly. He will have to act.”
Raising questions over the government’s reluctance to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel, Ramdev said, “India would not stop functioning if there will be a revenue loss, which, he said, could be recovered by taxing the rich people more.”
Addressing the problem of youth, he said “Frustration is a huge problem for the youth. They think they have no opportunities. That’s not true. I did not have any godfathers and yet I set this huge enterprise (Patanjali). I don’t run after money. Money runs after me”.
The Patanjali co-founder, however, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “good work”, wondering why some questions are being raised about the rafale deal between Indian and French governments. Claiming himself to be a “Scientific Sanyasi”, Ramdev also said that he has withdrawn himself politically and he is not with any one particular party but for all.