Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday commended the center for cutting taxes on petrol and diesel and hinted that his government might do its part after due deliberation, raising hopes for more relief. Kumar also noted that after cutting prices for the first time in November last year, his government was quick to announce further cuts which made petrol and diesel cheaper in the state.
“It is a very welcome move. We will decide what we can do at the state level after discussions,” Kumar told reporters in response to questions about the recent cuts in petrol and diesel prices. and diesel which was supposed to have an “revenue impact of about Rs.1,000 crore per year for the government”.
It also urged state governments, “especially…where the reduction was not made during the last round” to “implement a similar reduction and give relief to the common man”. The Bihar chief minister, speaking to reporters at the Janata Dal (United) state headquarters, was asked about the likely candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha poll.
“You will know when the time is right. There is no need to hurry,” Kumar said, dismissing questions regarding the possibility, or otherwise, that Union Minister RCP Singh could be considered for another term in the Senate. Singh’s term in Parliament expires soon. To retain In his Ministry, he must be elected to either House within six months of the expiry of his term.
As a confidant of the prime minister, Singh rose through the party ranks quickly upon entering politics a decade ago and succeeding Kumar as national president last year. However, he relinquished the position upon his appointment to the Federal Cabinet. Singh is believed to have left Kumar of late vexed by an ideological bias towards the BJP ally. The prime minister has been an ally of the BJP for three decades, but likes to maintain his privileged ideological position and assert his socialist background.
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