Petroleum minister mentions Vizag as state’s capital, triggers row

The Centre’s response in the recently concluded Parliament session regarding fuel prices has kicked up a new controversy in the state as it mentioned Visakhapatnam as AP’s capital city.

Petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri provided details of taxes levied by different states on petrol and diesel while replying to a question raised by Lok Sabha members Kumbakudi Sudhakaran and Pradyut Bordoloi. In a detailed response to the starred question on impact of rising fuel prices, the minister had enclosed the list of all the states and their capital cities to give the break-up of state taxes on the fuels.

Although the minister made an attempt to provide comprehensive information about taxes imposed by the Centre and states on fuels which resulted in the steep increase in the cost of petrol and diesel, the reference about AP’s capital city has led to a heated debate among rival political parties in the state.

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